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Wat Umong

Delve into the ancient tunnels that meander beneath this famous temple complex and inspect its various shrines, images and statues.

Dating back 700 years, Wat Umong is a momentous element of the rich tapestry that makes up Chiang Mai’s history. The Buddhist temple is a fascinating surviving part of the Lan Na dynasty, containing many intriguing artifacts. Enjoy the scenery and serenity among the religious buildings in the forests of this complex.

Among the highlights is the replica of the Ashok Pillar that contains four lions at its base, with a wheel shielding the stone creatures from rain. Wander through the 15 acres (6 hectares) of scenic grounds that make up the Buddhist complex. Much of the land is covered in lush vegetation.

Feed the fish, turtles and ducks in the picturesque pond. The so-called “talking trees” have plaques that read wise words aloud in English and Thai. Visit when the heavy rains have just ended in October and November to see the forest at its most brilliant green.

Capture photos of the intriguing layout of the chedi, which is the main religious building. Its base consists of spirals leading up to the pointed spire. Follow the tunnel to the main altar of the temple, which has a large golden Buddha. The tunnels meander through an artificial mound created in the late 14th century. It is said the tunnels prevented a mad monk from wandering off.

Attend meditation ceremonies and talks on Sunday afternoons to learn about Buddhism from the monks. Note that the temple is free to enter, although donations are accepted. The site opens daily from dawn until late afternoon.

Wat Umong is in the foothills of the Suthep Mountain, south of the main campus of Chiang Mai University. Make sure to see the nearby attractions, such as the Wat Ram Poeng, the Doi Suthep-Pui National Park and the Wat Phra That Doi Kham.

Like to make your visit to Wat Umong even more memorable? Remember to try out a few of these activities:

Your next great adventure is waiting for you! You may like to try out a Small-Group Chiang Mai Cultural & Mindfulness or a Private Morning with Monks Tour.

If you're after more activities, examine our Chiang Mai things to do page.


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The Villa Vanali Chiang Mai CA $90
The Villa Vanali Chiang Mai

The Villa Vanali Chiang Mai

135/21 Soi Ban Mai Lang Mo 1, Tambon Suthep, Amphur Muang, Chiang Mai
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Chiang Mai, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ton Payom Market, Chiang Mai University, and Wat Umong. MAYA Lifestyle Shopping Center and Chiang Mai Zoo are also within 3 miles (5 km).

    The Humble Bed & Hotel CA $37
    The Humble Bed & Hotel

    The Humble Bed & Hotel

    155 canal road,cTambol Suthep, Amphur Muang, Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Chiang Mai, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Wat Umong, Chiang Mai University and Doi Suthep-Pui National Park. MAYA Lifestyle Shopping Center and Chiang Mai Zoo are also within 3 miles (5 km).

      Fullrich Lanna Suite
      Fullrich Lanna Suite

      Fullrich Lanna Suite

      87/2-3 Soi Wat Umong, Suthep Rd, T. Suthep A. Muang, Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Wat Umong and Chiang Mai University. MAYA Lifestyle Shopping Center and Chiang Mai Zoo are also within 3 miles (5 km).

        Chiang Mai Villa by Passionata Collection
        Chiang Mai Villa by Passionata Collection

        Chiang Mai Villa by Passionata Collection

        75 Suthep, Muang, Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai Province
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Chiang Mai, this villa is within a 10-minute walk of Doi Suthep-Pui National Park and Wat Umong. Chiang Mai University and MAYA Lifestyle Shopping Center are also within 3 miles (5 km).

          Insight Hostel CA $13
          Insight Hostel

          Insight Hostel

          65/64 Moo 10 Soi Wat Umong, Suthep Road, Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai
             
            2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Chiang Mai, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Wat Umong and Chiang Mai University. MAYA Lifestyle Shopping Center and Chiang Mai Zoo are also within 3 miles (5 km).

            Villa Mahabhirom CA $389
            Villa Mahabhirom

            Villa Mahabhirom

            62 Moo 10, Tambon Suthep, Amphur Muang, Chiang Mai
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Chiang Mai University and Ton Payom Market. Nimman Road and Chiang Mai National Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Floral Hotel Ayatana Chiang Mai CA $85
              Floral Hotel Ayatana Chiang Mai

              Floral Hotel Ayatana Chiang Mai

              99/9 Moo 14, Suthep Road, T. Suthep, Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Chiang Mai, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Doi Suthep-Pui National Park and Chiang Mai University. MAYA Lifestyle Shopping Center and Wat Umong are also within 2 miles (3 km).

                Loam Boutique & Cafe
                Loam Boutique & Cafe

                Loam Boutique & Cafe

                105/6, M.5, T.Suthep, A.Muang, Chiang Mai
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Chiang Mai, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Doi Suthep-Pui National Park and Wat Umong. Chiang Mai University and MAYA Lifestyle Shopping Center are also within 3 miles (5 km).