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Wat Chedi Luang

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Built in the 14th and 15th centuries, Chedi Luang means “royal chedi” in Thai and this was the official temple of the Lanna kings.

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Wat Chedi Luang rivals Wat Phra Singh for the title of Chiang Mai’s most important and prestigious city temple. While it comes a definite second for local visitors, the two temples are probably neck and neck in terms of foreign tourists, though for sheer size Wat Chedi Luang has no competition.

Must have been spectacular back in the day. Photo taken in or around Wat Chedi Luang, Chiang Mai, Thailand by Mark Ord.

Must have been spectacular back in the day. Photo: Mark Ord

This royal chedi was the official temple of the Lanna kings, situated adjacent to the former royal palace. Construction began during the reign of King Saen Muang Ma in the 14th century ostensibly to house the ashes of his father, but he died before it was finished and it wasn't till the mid 15th century that it was completed. The pinnacle of the chedi was thought to have reached more than 80 ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 400 words.)


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