Wat Chedi Luang is a rather different Wat in Thailand, as it was solely constructed to house the remains of Ku Na, the father of King Saen Muang Ma – 8th ruler of the Mengrai dynasty.
Wat Chedi Luang was built in 1391 during the reign of King Saen Muang Ma. In 1468, the Wat housed the Emerald Buddha until it was moved to Luang Prabang in 1551, following the earthquake that wrecked the 30m structure. The name of the temple is derived from the large chedi located within its premises.
Though much of the temple was ruined following the earthquake that wrecked a large part of the country, there are a number of attractions to see here, from the large viharn which holds a standing Buddha to the brick Chedi that reaches a height of 60m.
Wat Chedi Luang is located on 103 Road King Prajadhipok Phra Singh, about 9 minutes from Anantara Chiang Mai Resort and some other 5 star hotels in Chiang Mai.
Wat translates to Temple, which means you obviously need to cover up – head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes. If you don’t have any temple appropriate attire while visiting Bangkok – you can rent a cover up near the site.
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