Tha Phae Gate, or Tha Phae Landmark, is one of the significant city gates in Chiang Mai, situated to the east and part of the five inner city gates of Wiang Chiang Mai. Currently, it stands as the only city gate with its original doors still intact.
Formerly known as “Chiang Ruea Gate,” its name originated from its role as the gateway to the Ping River’s docks, which were abundant in the past. It served as a passage for locals and a trading hub during the era of King Mengrai when Chiang Mai was first established in 1839.
Tha Phae Gate has undergone renovations and reconstruction, conducted collaboratively by the Chiang Mai Municipality and the Fine Arts Department in 1985. This effort preserved the original doors, making it the sole city gate to retain its historical doors.
In addition to its historical significance, Tha Phae Gate hosts the Tha Phae Walking Street every Sunday, the largest pedestrian street in Chiang Mai. This vibrant street is filled with local products, traditional items, and handicrafts. If you’re looking for a picturesque spot and a chance to shop for local goods, Tha Phae Gate is a must-visit. The street leads to the riverbanks and Wat Phra Singh, making it a captivating destination each time you have the opportunity to explore.
Tha Phae Gate is located on Tha Phae Road, Tambon Chang Khlan, Amphoe Mueang, Chiang Mai province. You can check its coordinates using this link: Google Maps Link. The gate is open for visitors throughout the day.