three temples are all located within the city walls and within walking
distance from one another. Ask a Tuk-Tuk driver to drop you off at Wat
Pan Tao. You can walk from there to the other two temples.
Wat Pan Tao is
located on the corner of Prasing Road/Pra Pokklao Road. The walls of the
are entirely made of beautiful teakwood panels and the gable above the
front entrance is decorated with a big golden peacock image. Wat Pan Tao
temple is a real masterpiece of woodwork!
Almost next door is Wat Chedi Luang; you just have to walk a couple of meters down Pra Pokklao Road. Although the Viharn is worth a look, especially the paintings on its inner walls that show scenes from the Life of Buddha, the most interesting structure here is the impressive tall Chedi. It has been a ruin for along time but has been restored recently. The Chedi is square and each of its four sides is an alcove with a golden Buddha image inside. There are benches around it, where you can sit and rest a little bit and admire the Chedi at leisure.
The last stop on this
tour is Wat Phra Singh. If you start from Wat Chiang Mun you just
walk over to the street corner (away form Wat Pan Tao) then turn right,
and walk straight ahead until you see the entrance gate of the Wat.
Wat Phra Singh is considered to be the most important temple of Chiang Mai. One of its most beautiful buildings is the small Lanna-style teakwood Ho Trai (library). The base of the Ho Trai is decorated with lovely white stucco angels (they resemble the ones at Wat Chedi Jet Yod). Also noteworthy are the Viharn (sermon hall) directly behind the entrance, and the Bot (ordination hall) left of Wat Phra Singh`s Chedi, as well as another wooden Bot directly behind the Viharn, both have exceptionally beautiful carved stucco doorframes.
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