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Set at the foot of Doi Suthep along the road leading to Wat Doi Suthep and Doi Pui village, Wat Umong is one of Chiang Mai’s most unusual temples and makes a worthy addition to a day trip up the mountain.

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Definitely one of Chiang Mai’s most unusual and interesting temples, Wat Umong (or Tunnel Temple), is set in forested grounds near the foot of Doi Suthep. An artificial earthen mound in the temple grounds covers a series of underground passageways whose purpose has never really been explained, but which add to the temple’s mysterious air.

The pinnacle of the main chedi. Photo taken in or around Wat Umong, Chiang Mai, Thailand by Mark Ord.

The pinnacle of the main chedi. Photo: Mark Ord

Near the mound lies a collection of old Buddhist statues and oddities collected from abandoned temples or donated by worshippers, while elsewhere on the spacious grounds you’ll find woods, gardens, numerous trails and even a lake. Wat Umong is a popular spot at weekends, when locals wander or sit by the lake and feed the resident catfish and turtles. It’s also an excellent spot for spotting birds and ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 200 words.)


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