The city of Chiang Mai has plenty of beautiful, historic, and memorable Buddhist temples – 36 temples inside the old city and many more in the surrounding area.
Of all the temples in the city, the temples you must visit during your Chiang Mai Tours are: (1) Wat Phra Singh, (2) Wat Chiang Man, and (3) Wat Chadi Luang.
Wat Phra Singh:
- Undoubtedly the most well-known temple in Chiang Mai is Wat Phra Singh.
- Wihan Lai Kham, a trifling building toward the back of the complex, is the most liked and visited structure as it houses the Lion Buddha and historic divider wall paintings that portray the everyday life of the general public of ancient Chiang Mai.
Wat Chiang Man:
- The oldest temple in the city of Chiang Mai is Wat Chiang Man (dates to 1296). But, what make it one of the best temples to visit are the two Buddhas it houses; (1) a 2500 year old marble Buddha, and (2) an 1800 year old crystal Buddha.
- Also at the complex is the Sacred Elephant Encircled Stupa, which was at once upon a time the imperial residence where the king of the Thailand lived while the city of Chiang Mai and the temple were being constructed.
- At the backside of the complex is an ancient temple that stands on pillars in the middle of a small pond, reachable only by a bridge that was retracted.
Wat Chedi Luang:
- Built in the 1400s, Wat Chedi Luang reigned as one of the tallest buildings structure in the Chiang Mai before falling during an earthquake in 1545.
- Renowned for housing the Emerald Buddha (Phra Kaew), a jade replica now dwells in the east-facing nook, while the first Emerald Buddha can be found in a sanctuary at the Royal Palace in Bangkok.