Contact: on Ratchaphakhinai Road, Amphoe Mueang, Chiang Mai Tel. -
Wat Chiang Man
Wat Chiang Man is located on Rachapakinai Road, Muang District. It is the oldest temple in Chiang Mai City as it was built in 1296 when the city was built. King Mangrai changed his palace into a temple, named it Wat Chiang Man and built a stupa surrounded by elephant decoration in his palace area.
Wat Chiang Man has two chapels: the Big Monastery and the Small Monastery. The Big Monastery was built in this era. Golden painting about city building and King Mangrai’s temples in Wiang Kum Kam and Chiang Mai on the red wall is located between the windows of this monastery. The Small Monastery or Chaturamook Monastery is the old one. Important Buddha statues of Chiang Mai were stored here including Phra Setang Kamanee or Phra Keaw Kaw and a stone Nalakeeree elephant statue. Phra Kaew Kaw is the Budhha statue of Queen Camadevi of Haripunchai kingdom. Chiang Mai people respect this statue. The chapel of this temple is significant to Chiang Mai people because the front hall has stone inscriptions of Chiang Man Temple which recorded the story of Chiang Mai city, the history of this temple, and the temple maintenance by the Dynasty.
The main stupa of this temple is the stupa surrounded by elephant decoration in Lanna style. It is located behind the Big Vihara. The podium of the stupa was decorated with 16 elephants, influenced from Sukhothai art style. The stairs decorated with Naka is at the front of the stupa, leading to the arch. The top of the stupa is the golden bell-shaped stupa. There is also the Tripitaka Hall situated in the middle of the pond for storing tripitaka and scriptures according to Lanna style of construction and folk wisdom.
For visitors who are interested in visiting Phra Kaew Kaw and Wat Chiang Man, there are many convenient ways to travel: for private cars, use the same one-way road to the city’s moat. For public transportation, use the red bus that goes around the city.