Also called “The temple of the Great Stupa”, Wat Chedi Luang, is located almost in the centre of Chiang Mai where you will find the remains of a massive chedi that toppled in in the great earthquake of 1545.
Entrance fee & opening hours
The temple grounds are open daily from 6 am until 6 pm. Admission is free.
How to get to the Wat Chedi Luang
The Wat Chedi Luang is located close to the centre of the old walled part of Chiang Mai. You will find it about half way Ratchadamnoen road that crosses the old city from East to West. The main entrance is opposite Phra Pok Klao road, just South of Ratchadamnoen road.
About the temple
The temple was originally constructed in 1401 on the orders of King Saeng Muang Ma. In 1454, reigning King Tilo-Garaj enlarged the chedi (pronounced jedee) to a height of 86 m. After the earthquake, the chedi lay in ruins until 1991-92, when it was reconstructed at a cost of several million baht. A magnificent testament to Lanna (northern Thai) architecture and art, restored sections hint at its former glory. Wat Chedi Luang is also home to the “Pillar of the City”, a totem used in ancient Thai fertility rites.
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