Wat Chedi Luang Varavihara Chiang Mai is one of the must visit places for Chiang Mai trip.Thinking what to do and what places to visit in Chiang Mai, visit this Buddhist Temple in Chiang Mai. Read our blog for more on Wat Chedi Luang opening hours, entrance fee, dress code, monk chat and pillar of Sao Inthakin

Wat Chedi Luang Varavihara – Chiang Mai’s Big Stupa Temple

Wat Chedi Luang (วัดเจดีย์หลวง), also known as Temple of the Big Stupa, is one of the most famous Buddhist temples in Chiang Mai. Built in the 14th Century, this temple is situated right in the heart of city within the walls of old city.

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Temple is famous for its tall Lanna-style Chedi which is thought to be the largest structure in Chiang Mai till the top of Chedi was destroyed by an earthquake in 16th Century.

Wat Chedi Luang Varavihara Chiang Mai is one of the must visit places for Chiang Mai trip.Thinking what to do and what places to visit in Chiang Mai, visit this Buddhist Temple in Chiang Mai. Read our blog for more on Wat Chedi Luang opening hours, entrance fee, dress code, monk chat and pillar of Sao Inthakin
Wat Chedi Luang Varavihara Chiang Mai Thailand

Morning visit to Wat Chedi Luang Temple

Wat Chedi Luang opens up at 6 AM and we reached the temple well in morning to find only monks, morning sunlight and few pigeons. We always recommend to visit all temples early morning. You not only beat the day crowd but also get a chance to observe the morning rituals of the temple.

Wat Chedi Luang Varavihara Chiang Mai is one of the must visit places for Chiang Mai trip.Thinking what to do and what places to visit in Chiang Mai, visit this Buddhist Temple in Chiang Mai. Read our blog for more on Wat Chedi Luang opening hours, entrance fee, dress code, monk chat and pillar of Sao Inthakin
Sun welcomed us as we entered the temple complex
Wat Chedi Luang Varavihara Chiang Mai is one of the must visit places for Chiang Mai trip.Thinking what to do and what places to visit in Chiang Mai, visit this Buddhist Temple in Chiang Mai. Read our blog for more on Wat Chedi Luang opening hours, entrance fee, dress code, monk chat and pillar of Sao Inthakin
Visit Early to have the whole temple for yourself in peace

Main Vihara of Wat Chedi Luang Temple

Main Vihara of the temple has a standing Buddha statue known as Phra Chao Attarot, with two disciples on either side. You can sit in peace and can offer your prayers to Buddha in the big hall.  Photography is allowed inside almost all the temples in Thailand, so you can take pictures with extra caution that you do not disturb the peace of the place of the disciples in prayer.

Wat Chedi Luang Varavihara Chiang Mai is one of the must visit places for Chiang Mai trip.Thinking what to do and what places to visit in Chiang Mai, visit this Buddhist Temple in Chiang Mai. Read our blog for more on Wat Chedi Luang opening hours, entrance fee, dress code, monk chat and pillar of Sao Inthakin
Main Vihara of Wat Chedi Luang Temple, Chiang Mai
Wat Chedi Luang Varavihara Chiang Mai is one of the must visit places for Chiang Mai trip.Thinking what to do and what places to visit in Chiang Mai, visit this Buddhist Temple in Chiang Mai. Read our blog for more on Wat Chedi Luang opening hours, entrance fee, dress code, monk chat and pillar of Sao Inthakin
A glimpse of Buddha
Wat Chedi Luang Varavihara Chiang Mai is one of the must visit places for Chiang Mai trip.Thinking what to do and what places to visit in Chiang Mai, visit this Buddhist Temple in Chiang Mai. Read our blog for more on Wat Chedi Luang opening hours, entrance fee, dress code, monk chat and pillar of Sao Inthakin
Large Buddha Statue inside Wat Chedi Luang, Chiang Mai
Wat Chedi Luang Varavihara Chiang Mai is one of the must visit places for Chiang Mai trip.Thinking what to do and what places to visit in Chiang Mai, visit this Buddhist Temple in Chiang Mai. Read our blog for more on Wat Chedi Luang opening hours, entrance fee, dress code, monk chat and pillar of Sao Inthakin
Hall of Wat Chedi Laung Main Vihara

Monk Chat in the Temple Compound

Temple has a sprawling compound and you will enjoy a walk around the temple especially in the morning peaceful atmosphere. During the day time, you can also have chat with monks about general topics related to Buddhism, Thailand and their life. Monk Chats are organized every day.

Wat Chedi Luang Varavihara Chiang Mai is one of the must visit places for Chiang Mai trip.Thinking what to do and what places to visit in Chiang Mai, visit this Buddhist Temple in Chiang Mai. Read our blog for more on Wat Chedi Luang opening hours, entrance fee, dress code, monk chat and pillar of Sao Inthakin
A walk around the sprawling compound of the temple
Wat Chedi Luang Varavihara Chiang Mai is one of the must visit places for Chiang Mai trip.Thinking what to do and what places to visit in Chiang Mai, visit this Buddhist Temple in Chiang Mai. Read our blog for more on Wat Chedi Luang opening hours, entrance fee, dress code, monk chat and pillar of Sao Inthakin
Children offering prayers to Buddha statues in the temple compound

Lak Meuang or City Pillar inside the temple is another point that you can quickly visit to. The pillar, popularly known to locals as Sao Inthakin is within a Mandapa. Only men are allowed to enter the pavilion to view the pillar.

Wat Chedi Luang Dress Code

In General, for all temples of Thailand, you may refer the following image for dress code. Though this code is not very strictly enforced, still we should be respectful to people’s sentiments.

Dress code for entry to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and other Thailand temples (Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Temple): In general, for all Thailand temples, you need to keep your shoulders arms and legs covered. This image will give you a glimpse of the dress code for Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and also other temples in Thailand. For more details, you may read our post here - http://offbeatexplorers.com/wat-chedi-luang-chiang-mais-stupa/
Dress code for entry to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep and other Thailand temples

Wat Chedi Luang Opening Hours

6 AM to 6 PM

Wat Chedi Luang Entrance Fee

Free Entrance

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Hope this helps you plan your trip better. Please comment below in case you need any additional information or want to add more based on your own experience.

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