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Wat Chedi Luang Varavihara

Open today: 06:00 - 18:30
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Built about 600 years ago, this impressive temple once housed the precious Emerald Buddha.
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Hours Today: 06:00 - 18:30
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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103 Phra Pok Klao Road | Phra Singh, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
+66 53 276 140
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We saved Wat Chedi Luang for our final wat visit and it was probably the best we saw in the old town. The buildings are excellent and it's quite nice to be able to see the old remains if the original Chedi with its elephants...More

Thank EC13091
Reviewed 2 days ago

This beautiful Wat is a well preserved ruin. It's in all the guidebooks. I usually avoid tourist places (live here) but the atmosphere is very soothing (even with the Chinese tourist hordes).

Thank RomeAddict
Reviewed 2 days ago

A very interesting big temple in the center of Chiang Mai. Not to be missed. The younger monks nearby like to practice their English so a good opportunity to exchange ideas with tem.

Thank Bonita B
Reviewed 3 days ago

okay it cost 40 bahts to get in, but was well worth it. plenty of monks painting the wat and the inside of the adjacent temple is simply stunning.

Thank theostheostheos
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

One of the better temple sites to visit in Chiang Mai. It’s the usual tourist thing and costs you to view it, but worth visiting

Thank Paul_Seuren
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you’re in Chiang Mai, definitely visit this please! It’s absolutely stunning and you can sit down and talk to the monks just across from it!

Thank Gemma P
Reviewed 1 week ago

Such a gorgeous temple. Yes, the site is very touristy, but you can still revel at the amazing display of temples lined up. There were several within one area and a monk near the exit who sat with tourist to teach them about Buddhism. Wonderful...More

Thank cy776
Reviewed 1 week ago

The visit at night is great as the lighting makes it look fabulous, especially if there is a gorgeous sunset sky! One can also witness the chanting in the temple at that time.

Thank SubhasisB
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Words aren’t the sufficient way to describe a visit to Wat Chedi Luang. We truly lucked out with our hotel’s location, as it is within walking distance of numerous temples. A sense of calm is palpable, even before you remove your shoes and set foot...More

Thank AlevtinaS2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited about 15 Wats in the area including several rural and very off the beaten path Wats with a local guy we hired to drive us. This was already on our list of places to visit, and it was one of our top five...More

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5 December 2017|
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Response from John P | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Not sure if there are set time or if there are one or more all day during opening hours. We saw a Monk sat with someone having a chat when we were there. That was around 15:00pm. I read somewhere that the earlier the... More
Kuan C
17 June 2017|
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Response from Millennium_Falcon888 | Reviewed this property |
I doubt the temple will close that late, and it's more than likely to close around 6-7pm... The monks staying in the Chedi Luang need to rest anyway! :)
Kuan C
17 June 2017|
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Response from Ada J | Reviewed this property |
Hi Kuan, I verified this with my friend who lives in Chiang Mai. The temple is open from 8:00AM-5:00PM everyday. Hope this helps!