Tuesday, 27 February 2024

Wat Phra That Chedi Luang: A Timeless Marvel in Chiang Saen’s Historic Landscape

Wat Phra That Chedi Luang Chiang Saen

Wat Phra That Chedi Luang Chiang Saen

Wat Phra That Chedi Luang Legend has it that in the year 1834, after completing the construction of the city wall of Chiang Saen, King Saen Phu Pro ordered the construction of Wat Chedi Luang. In just three years, the main stupa of this temple emerged as the largest and tallest Lanna-style stupa in Chiang Saen.

Wat Chedi Luang

Wat Chedi Luang

The prominent main stupa stands majestically at the city wall of Chiang Saen, towering at over 88 meters with a base width exceeding 24 meters. The locals fondly refer to this ancient site as “Wat Phra That Chedi Luang.”

Thai temple architecture Wat Phra That Chedi Luang

Thai temple architecture Wat Phra That Chedi Luang

Lanna-style stupa Wat Phra That Chedi Luang

Lanna-style stupa Wat Phra That Chedi Luang

Inside the temple, besides the grand main stupa, there are ancient prayer halls and four other pagodas. Despite showing signs of aging over time, they have been meticulously restored to preserve the historical and cultural heritage of Chiang Saen.

Wat Phra That Chedi Lanna-style

Wat Phra That Chedi Lanna-style

The expansive and tranquil surroundings make it an ideal place for mental relaxation. For those who appreciate exploring ancient cities and visiting temples, Wat Phra That Chedi Luang is a must-visit when in Chiang Saen.

Chiang Saen historical sites

Chiang Saen historical sites

Operating hours are from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM every day.

To get there, upon entering the district of Chiang Saen, Wat Phra That Chedi Luang will be on your right, adjacent to the Chiang Saen National Museum. You can travel by private car (ample parking available) or enjoy a cycling tour around the city.

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