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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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The actual inside temple section of Wat Suan Dok is beautiful but not the most amazing interior we’ve seen in Thailand. However the chedis in the outer area are spectacular. We also had lunch at the Pun Pun Vegetarian cafe at the back of the...More

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Reviewed April 5, 2018

A beautiful historical place near the center of the city, which reminds us of the transience of being.

Thank martinlee314
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Reviewed April 5, 2018 via mobile

This Wat or temple is about 30min walk from the old square. Beautiful temple on large grounds, well bigger than most. It's a monastic school. You also have the opportunity to speak with a monk, which is not common. So lovely inside and out. Worth...More

Thank Anne W
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Reviewed March 21, 2018 via mobile

Wat Suan Dok has many white structural buildings and is unique in this way as a temple. I was told by the tour guide that the royal family members are buried in this temple. We walked around the white structural buildings and then came to...More

Thank Baby008
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Reviewed March 5, 2018 via mobile

Wat Suan Dok is a Royal Temple that actually has the cemetery where the Royal Family is burried right outside. We stood outside of the Wat taking photos forever. It was hot in the afternoon sun, but so beautiful to walk around the graves. The...More

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Reviewed February 26, 2018

A worthwhile visit even thought it's not located in the Old Town like so many other Wats. Go there during the "golden hour" ( an hour or so before sunset") to see how the light plays off of the Stupas. Beautiful Temple interior and nice...More

Thank jerryg41
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Reviewed February 18, 2018 via mobile

This temple was definitely the highlight of temples for me. It was breathtakingly beautiful with the sun shining off the gold and white. The inside of the temple was just as gorgeous with reds, blues and golds. Although a little outside the city walls take...More

Thank Lauren P
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Reviewed February 16, 2018

We really enjoyed visiting hear and learning the story of the two main temples of Chiang Mai. It was quiet and awe inspiring.

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Reviewed February 14, 2018 via mobile

Wake up early and arrive around 7:20am, before the heat and tourists. Wat Suan Dok is a photographer’s dream, and is the perfect place to visit if you’re looking for a peaceful, quiet morning amidst the crowded streets of Chiang Mai. Make sure you wear...More

Thank ctgross1100
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Reviewed February 14, 2018

An amazing place. Photos don’t do it justice, either it’s size or it’s splendour. Spotlessly clean. Go early to avoid the crowds.

Thank Penny P
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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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21 February 2017|
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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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