Wat Chiang Man (Thai: วัดเชียงมั่น, Northern Thai − sometimes also written as Wat Chiang Mun) is a Buddhist temple (Thai language: Wat) inside the old city (which is contained within the city walls and moat) of Chiang Mai, in northern Thailand.
Wat Chiang Man was built by Mangrai:209 in 1297 CE as the first temple of Chiang Mai on the location of Wiang Nopburi, a fortified town of the Lawa people which had been used by King Mangrai as a camp during the construction of his new capital city Chiang Mai.
Kathy Ho | Mar 4, 2018
Extravagant and humble, all the elephants beautifully carved out. The tower is breath-taking! There are two temples here with ancient golden buddhist statues inside. It's peaceful and hardly any tourists because this is a bit far to walk to. Beware of the people selling birds for release! It's illegal and isn't religious at all!!
Ali Chua | Jan 8, 2018
I really like this temple, out of all the other temples I've visited in the old city. It's clean and refined, and has a certain calm to it. The elephant engravings on the tomb at the back of the temple, as well as the smaller temple on the right side, are both equally worth spending some time in. After this, you can always do a small walking tour around, visiting the other sights and sounds along the way.
Charles de Segundo | Jan 20, 2018
Temple holds two old and very holy Buddha images. One is around 2,500 years old (on the right) and the other is 1,800 years old and on the left. The one on the right is made of marble and the one on the left made of crystal. Tranquil, old temple. The viharn around the two old Buddhas has scenes from Buddha's life painted on the walls.
Stéphane De Greef | Mar 8, 2018
A beautiful and serene place to visit while observing respectful attire and behaviour. An active Buddhist Pagoda with move gardens and informative qr coded panels.
Flo Yeow | Jan 7, 2018
This is probably my favourite of all the temples that I've visited in the old city of Chiang Mai. The outfit is well kempt and very peaceful looking. At the back, the tomb is engraved with elephants surrounding it, and they look spectacular. The many statues of Buddha here, especially the large golden ones, look grand and gorgeous.
Anton CJ | Apr 7, 2018
One of our favourite wat in Chiangmai for its history and beautiful chedi. The side chapel contains two thousand year-old bhudda statues! Don't miss this.
Victor Ng | Apr 6, 2018
Worth the visit. The wat does not charge for admisión but washroom are free too. The elephant encircle shrine is very nice and at the back of the wat complex. Watch out for the tress filled with jackfruit hanging off the tress.
Aleksandar Tisinovic | May 7, 2018
After all the good reviews I was very disappointed... beef Kao Soy I ordered came with very little meat and the meat was not good quality, while the price was higher than in the similar places. The service was also nothing special... skip it.
George Lienemann | Apr 11, 2018
Wat Chiang Man is the oldest temple in Chiang Mai. The location of this temple compound was originally used by King Mangrai when he was building his Kingdom's capital city of Chiang Mai. The elephant statue based Chedi is considered the oldest temple structure in Chiang Mai. There had been a previous capital city location which was lost for a long time but has recently been excavated and to some degree restored. It is now knowns as the Ancient City of Wiang Kum Kam, located slightly south and east of the River Ping from Chiang Mai. I visit this temple fairly often and spend most of my time just sitting under a tree, observing whatever is going on that day. The temple dogs are my constant companions, but they tend to do more sleeping than anything else, so I try to follow their example and just chill out for a while.
Khai Dang | Jun 29, 2018
Very good maintained temple. I love the amazing flooring of the main building. They are handmade ceramic tiles. Each tile is different from other ones .So that they look very natural and especially make your barefeet cool. That why come in inside without shoes.
Erlend Neergaard | Jun 25, 2018
Oldest temple in Chiang Mai. Nice architecture and many motives from the Suttas on the walls in the little hall. Especially liked the chedi with the elephants. Also had nice benches in that area where I relaxed in the shade. Worth the visit. The only thing I didn’t like was the ladies selling birds to be freed for good luck. If no one had caught them they wouldn’t have to be freed.
Yoga Art Home | Jul 2, 2018
It is the very first temple built in 1296, before Chiang Mai was built. The king lived in this place while the capital was being built. In addition to its historical value, the monastery is famous for its tower, resting on elephants and a large chedi, in which there are many old Buddha statues.
Andy Wright | Jun 13, 2018
A great place to walk around and photograph if you like architecture of Thailand temples this one is ideal from the 13th century
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