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Wat Chedi Luang Vacation Packages (Flight + Hotel)
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Learn the intriguing history behind this iconic temple that holds some of the most important artifacts in the Buddhist religion.

Wat Chedi Luang is a historic 15th-century chedi for housing important Buddhist relics. Partially ruined, it has an enigmatic ambiance and imposing presence in the historic center of the city. Appreciate the intricate designs and carvings that are typical of the Lanna style of the temples here.

The highlight of the site is the jade replica of the Emerald Buddha sculpture. The reproduction was given as a gift to the Thai king in 1995. See the five elephant sculptures that make up the base of the southern façade of the stupa. The elephant on the far right is the only remaining original carving.

The main building is 197 feet (60 meters) high and 144 feet (44 meters) wide. Capture photos of the sculpted snakes that appear to guard the main staircase. Gaze up at the structure at night, when it glows in a bright orange hue.

Stroll through the various chapels and spot the Phra Chao Attarot Buddha incarnation, which is flanked by two disciples. See the enormous reclining Buddha in the pavilion at the back of the complex. Monk Chats take place daily under a tree, allowing visitors to speak with the temple’s monks to learn about their aspirations and insights.

Beside the temple buildings look for the city pillar, which was allegedly erected by King Mengrai in 1296. According to Buddhist rules, only men may enter the pavilion to view the pillar.

Note that the buildings were damaged many times over the years due to earthquakes and cannon fire. A UNESCO renovation project in the 1990s brought stabilization to the complex.

Enter the complex for free. Donations are accepted. Visit daily from early morning until early evening.

Wat Chedi Luang is in the Phra Singh zone in the northern section of Chiang Mai. Stop at nearby attractions, such as the Three Kings Monument, the Wat Phra Singh and the Wat Chiang Man.

Top Hotels Close to Wat Chedi Luang

El Barrio Lanna
El Barrio Lanna
4 out of 5
38 Prapokklao Road Soi 7, T. Phra Sing, A. Mueang Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai
The price is CA $48 per night from Mar 24 to Mar 25

Located in Old City, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Wat Chedi Luang, Tha Phae Gate, and Wat Phra Singh. Chiang Mai Night Bazaar and Wat Chiang Man ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (44 reviews)

"Excellent stay. Easy walking distance to night markets, restaurants, etc. Very nice and well-furnished room, large bathroom, nice balcony. Staff are all friendly and happy to help with info and requests."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 12, 2020

El Barrio Lanna
dusitD2 Chiang Mai
dusitD2 Chiang Mai
5 out of 5
100 Chang Klan Road, Amphur Muang, Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai
The price is CA $60 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5

This family-friendly Chiang Mai hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, Chiang Mai City Arts & Cultural Center, and ...

4.4/5Excellent! (999 reviews)

"Very nice hotel, modern, clean, friendly staff. Good location for night markets"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 20, 2021

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The Inside House
The Inside House
4.5 out of 5
56 Samlarn Road, Phra Sing, Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai
The price is CA $132 per night from Mar 12 to Mar 13

Located in Old City, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Wat Phra Singh and Wat Chedi Luang. Chiang Mai University and Sunday Walking Street Market ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (118 reviews)

"Excellent facilities and service - friendly staff, very good meals (including high tea), charming atmosphere, unique amenities (complimentary earplugs). But for a hotel of that standard and cost, in a tourist city, it was unexpected that the only English channels were one NatGeo channel and news ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 22, 2020

The Inside House
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El Barrio Lanna
El Barrio Lanna
4 out of 5
38 Prapokklao Road Soi 7, T. Phra Sing, A. Mueang Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai
The price is CA $48 per night from Mar 24 to Mar 25
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dusitD2 Chiang Mai
5 out of 5
100 Chang Klan Road, Amphur Muang, Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai
The price is CA $60 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5
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The Inside House
The Inside House
4.5 out of 5
56 Samlarn Road, Phra Sing, Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai
The price is CA $132 per night from Mar 12 to Mar 13
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Smile Lanna Hotel
Smile Lanna Hotel
4 out of 5
129/1 Chang Lor Rd, Hai Ya Muang, Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai
The price is CA $81 per night from Mar 15 to Mar 16
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Chala Number 6 Hotel
Chala Number 6 Hotel
5 out of 5
6/6 Prapokklao Road, Tambon Phra Singh, Amphoe Mueang, Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai
The price is CA $111 per night from Mar 5 to Mar 6
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Eastin Tan Hotel Chiang Mai
Eastin Tan Hotel Chiang Mai
4 out of 5
165 Huay Kaew Road, T. Suthep, Muang Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai
The price is CA $58 per night from Mar 18 to Mar 19
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Tamarind Village
Tamarind Village
4 out of 5
50/1 Rajdamnoen Road, Sri Phoom, Muang, Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai
The price is CA $168 per night from Mar 12 to Mar 13
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Phor Liang Meun Terracotta Arts Hotel
3.5 out of 5
30 Prapokkloa rd., Soi 2 T. Prasingh, A. Muang, Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai
The price is CA $66 per night from Apr 2 to Apr 3
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Icon Park Hotel Chiang Mai
Icon Park Hotel Chiang Mai
4 out of 5
No. 310, Maneenopparat Road, Sriphoom, Mueang, Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai
The price is CA $35 per night from Mar 12 to Mar 13
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