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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
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+66 53 278 304
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Wat Suan Dok was our first stop after landing in Chiang Mai. It's a short drive from the airport and after Bangkok was refreshingly quiet. It's not a massive complex. So you can comfortably stroll the serene grounds of the wat in a few minutes.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

one of the top three to visit in town, mostly for its size and also for its authentic activity as the site of the university and a huge monastic community. Beautiful buildings and a distinct Laotian style Chedi.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Located a few hundred meters west of the old town, Wat Suan Dok, which means Flower Garden Temple, was originally a garden for members of the royal family after the founding of Chiang Mai. Beyond the garden was a forest. Lanna’s 5th king, Phaya Keuna,...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Almost all wats are meditative places. To me they take you out of the”city” and let you go inside your self. wat Susan Doi has a very nice vegy restaurant inside it’s grounds.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

one of the temples on my list but i chanced upon it while looking for a place to eat and stay. it's located within the old walls. excellent place for a quick visit and photos for memories

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I suppose this is considered a must, but another nearby is much more tranquil and pleasant. Overrun with tourists and kind of a madhouse.

Thank Designs1
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Worth a visit to pay respect to the ancestry of some important people in Thailand (memorials), not for children. One of the largest Chedi structures I've seen in Chiang Mai. Quiet and sombre (befitting) feel.

1  Thank Nadine_Sher_0
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ancient 14th century stunning white memorials to important Thais set on beautifully kept grounds next to Temples. One of the largest pagodas we've seen

1  Thank Gavin S
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Reviewed 6 June 2018

I adore Chiang Mai. These magnificent temples are located in the middle of a neighborhood, in back of stores and even gas stations.Where ever they pop out; they are a must to witness. Please keep in mind to be honor their wishes as some places...More

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Reviewed 23 May 2018 via mobile

This is another lovely temple in Chiang Mai. It's a little bit out of the way, but worth it on my opinion as it is quite large. There is also a building near by where you see able to meet and chat with monks (monk...More

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Jaime V
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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
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Response from Liam D | Reviewed this property |
Yes ..easy peasy
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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.
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