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Wat Suan Dok

On Suthep Road, west of the Old City, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
+66 53 278 304
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Temple built on what were once a 14th-century monarch's gardens. Today, site of a Buddhist university and a popular spot for photographers, especially during sunset. Some of the temple's chedis (spires) contain ashes of Chiang Mai's royal family. Also, one can see half of a holy Buddhist relic brought from Sukothai in 1371, which unfortunately split into two upon arrival in Chiang Mai. The other half is buried at Doi Suthep. A 500-year-old bronze Buddha image, one of the largest in northern Thailand, is also housed here, in the small hall at the back of the compound.
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On Suthep Road, west of the Old City, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
+66 53 278 304
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely place to walk around as its in quite an open space. Not much shelter on a hot day though so bring a bottle of water and a hat perhaps.

Thank peterpaz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great complex of temples. On top 5 of Chiang Mai. Well worth the visit, no matter the weather. Make sure to go inside to explore the location.

Thank SabrinaCarmona
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's not very crowded and a bit outside of the old town, but if you are on your way to Doi Suthep you might want to have a look at this too..

Thank MateEeMa
Reviewed 17 October 2017

Very beautiful and different. We loved the quietness of the place. Very handy as it is on the way to see Doi Suthep.

Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

We signed up for the monkchat and meditation 1 day tour that happens every Monday and Friday. We really enjoyed learning about the fundamentals of Buddhism from the monk and we were taught how to meridians: dynamic meditation, sit down, walking meditation, and lay down...More

Thank Benjamin C
Reviewed 12 September 2017

Chiang Mai has lots of beautiful temples which you can visit. After visiting so many nice temples in Chiang Mai on one day with my family, Wat Suan Dok was our last visit of temple of that day. It is located between old city and...More

Thank ericpeggy
Reviewed 9 September 2017

I visit this temple as I heard from my friend that this is one of famous temple. I would like to see the architecture of temple and I found very beautiful pagodas here.

Thank Tip I
Reviewed 28 August 2017

I spent a day touring about 5 different temples all in Chiang Mai and this was my absolute favorite. There is something about the white structures scattering the foreground with the large golden temple sticking out in the behind. We were also 2 of the...More

1  Thank vinhternational
Reviewed 18 August 2017

The temples don't have to walk on stairs buy the entrance tickets take a cable cars up and down very good for elderly people or on wheel chair.

Thank Bella221012
Reviewed 17 August 2017

Definitely visit Wat Suan Dok. It's super easy to get "templed out" in Chiang Mai and Thailand, in general, but definitely prioritize this one. There is the bigger temple on the hills outside of the city, overlooking the city, which we didn't go to, but...More

2  Thank SocialNomads
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Jaime V
6 September 2017|
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Response from Tib18 | Reviewed this property |
Hello there. Wat Suan Dok has a Monk Chat Monday - Friday, 5-7p.m. It's free, but do put something in the donation box facing the entrance, or offer an envelope. It's a great experience to learn a little about Buddhism, and... More
21 February 2017|
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Response from Liam D | Reviewed this property |
Yes ..easy peasy
25 December 2016|
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Response from warmbeerhater | Reviewed this property |
This one is less formal. I have worn shorts and a golf shirt.....I don't think beach ware is liked anywhere in CM, but is still tolerated. A few shirtless were taken to the police station last year.