Photo: Beautiful Wat Chiang Man.

Wat Chiang Man

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Located inside the moat in the northeast corner of the Old City, this is probably the oldest surviving Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai. Thought to have been built in 1296 during the reign of King Mengrai, Wat Chiang Man served as a temporary home to the ruler while his new city of Chiang Mai was under construction.

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The main hall boasts classical Lanna features, including huge, ornately decorated teak columns supporting a multi-tiered roof. Although it contains an impressive seated gold Buddha image, the true stars of this wat are two glass-enclosed Buddha statues. These are stored inside the smaller viharn (worshipping hall) to the right. The larger of the two, Phra Sila, or Stone Buddha, is a gold-painted bas relief thought to have been imported from Sri Lanka some 2,500 years ago. The smaller counterpart, Phra Sae Tang Kamani, or Crystal Buddha, stands at just 10 centimetres and is said to originate from Lopburi around 1,800 ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 400 words.)


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