Wat Pan Tao

Pleasant and convenient

What we say: 3 stars

Wat Pan Tao is not one of Chiang Mai’s most famous wats but this small temple with its attractive teak viharn is well worth a peek, and since it’s conveniently located right next door to the prestigious Wat Chedi Luang it wouldn’t be going far out of your way to drop by.

Chedi and viharn - Wat Pan Thao

Chedi and viharn at Wat Pan Tao.

Wat Pan Tao was originally built as an ancillary temple to the royal temple, Chedi Luang, next door. Thus it has a similar late 14th century date to it, making it one of the oldest sites in Chiang Mai town.

Teak walls formerly from the king's palace

Teak walls formerly from the king's palace.

Apparently the current viharn was constructed at the end of the 19th century out of recycled wood from the nearby royal palace. A new king coming to the throne generally preferred to build his own, new palace so predecessors’ pads were knocked down, leaving a lot of teak lying around.

We're guessing the monks's quarters and admin building?

We're guessing the monks' quarters and admin building.

The small temple grounds are free of monk chats, massages, coffee shops and souvenir stalls (this isn’t one of the city’s most prestigious wats), but does have an attractive, albeit tiny garden that the monks have obviously put a lot of work into.

The bells...

There’s a famous peacock carving over the main door and a large seated Buddha image in the viharn but what we found most interesting, and photogenic, were some of the temple accessories, so to speak, scattered around the edge of the complex: the attractive old monks’ quarters, 200-year-old boddhi tree and array of old bells.

Built in the late 18th century

... the boddhi.

Wat Pan Tao is located at the junction of Ratchadamnoen (Sunday Walking Street) and Phrapopklao Roads, immediately to the north of Chedi Luang.

Inside looking out

Inside, looking out.

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Corner of Ratchadamnoen and Phrapopklao Rds
How to get there: Wat Pan Tao is located at the junction of Ratchadamnoen (Sunday Walking Street) and Phrapopklao Roads, immediately north of Wat Chedi Luang.
Last updated: 20th September, 2013

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Based in Chiang Mai, Mark Ord has been travelling Southeast Asia for over two decades and first crossed paths with Travelfish on Ko Lipe in the early 1990s.

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