If you are to compare this temple to other temples in Thailand, it might probably not seem all that grand. That being said, Wat Chedi Luang was built in the 1400s. Therefore, only the ruins remain. Here are a few interesting facts to know before you visit.

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House of the Phra Kaew

Phra Kaew, commonly known as the Emerald Buddha is one of the most precious religious relics of Thailand. It was once housed in at Wat Chedi Luang which was built by King Saen Muang Ma, 7th ruler of the Mengrai dynasty.

The ruins

This was one of the largest temples in Thailand, unfortunately, much has been destroyed due to the earthquake that occurred in 1545. The chedi’s height was considerably reduced. When the modern renaissance began in Chaing Mai, this temple was still crumbling. However, thanks to UNESCO and the Japanese Government, the temple was preserved.

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What to see

There are a few monuments of cultural significance at the temple. The Buddha image and gum tree at the entrance, the city pillar (intakin). As Lanna belief goes, in ancient times, the city pillar was constructed in the very centre of the city to mark the centre of the universe which people in the time thought was the Lanna Kingdom.


This temple is located to the south of Ratchadamnoen road which is towards the old walled off par to of the city. It is just a 7-minute drive away from many a Chiang Mai hotel the likes of Anantara Chiang Mai Resort. Therefore, staying at a hotel close by would make it easily accessible.