Wat Suan DokCurrently Closed
- Address: Suan Dok Road, Su Thep, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
- Timings: 06:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Religious Site, Forest, Off Beaten Path, Family And Kids
Wat Suan Dok - Review
The elaborate prayer hall or and the unusually sized chapel which is open on all the sides is enthralling has a charismatic effect. Directly west of the prayer hall are several large pagodas, called chedi in Thai.
Suan Dok has the largest pagoda containing a relic that reputedly is self-replicated. Acoording to the tale, one of the relics was placed on the back of a royal white elephant, which was then allowed to wander where-ever it wanted to go. The elephant eventually came to a stop, and actually died, on Suthep Mountain. Chiang Mai's most revered temple, Wat Prathat Doi Suthep, was built on the exact spot where the elephant came to rest.
Next to the pagoda is a veritable forest of ornate white-washed reliquaries. This "city of the dead" houses the cremated remains of the rulers of Chiang Mai.
Wat Suan Dok Information
- Donations are appreciated.
- It is a religious place, so try to keep intact the sanctity of the place and make way for the local devotees.
- Do not photograph without permission.
How To reach Wat Suan Dok by Public Transport
- Tuk-Tuk or a rented bicycle.
Restaurants Near Wat Suan Dok
- I-Berry- icecreams
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Things to Know Before Visiting Wat Suan Dok
93.38% of people who visit Chiang Mai include Wat Suan Dok in their plan
3 PM - 4 PM
57.32% of people start their Wat Suan Dok visit around 3 PM - 4 PM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Wat Suan Dok
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Wat Suan Dok
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Wat Suan Dok, Chiang Mai Reviews
Big scale temple complex. A lot of stupas. They remember me some temples in Mandalay, Myanmar because they have a similar archirecture style. Located near the university campus, but not many tourists, so that very quiet and peaceful.
Lovely quiet place of worship in the middle of the hustle and bustle of chiang mai. Spacious temple grounds and is right beside the buddhist/monk university. To get inside the pagoda building, foreigners will need to pay entrance fee of 20 thb. The temple ground is so peaceful in the evenings. If you follow the signage "Monk chat" in the temple grounds, you will reach a small building where you can chat with monks or register for a 2 day/1 day meditation camp. Monk chat is free and you can ask any questions to the monk there. I had a wonderful conversation with Phra Sonethavy who hails from Laos and is currently studying at the university and is also the president of the Monk Chat club. Definitely make time to come here and chat with them. Even better, join the meditation camp. I wanted to, but my schedule did not really allow for it. Such a pity.😣 There is a clean and well maintained toilet. It runs on donation so do contribute some money after you have used the facilities.
'Wat Suan Dok' is built in 1383 to house the relics of Lord Buddha. It's located outside the Chiang Mai center, close to the Suan Dok gate. There is an entrance fee to see the main temple when the temple is opened (usually in the morning and afternoon). Outside visit is free. Entrance fee is 20 Baht.. The main temple is very beautiful and quite spacious. Very clean, very colourful, very ornamented and very cool as the windows are opened allowing the breeze to move freely inside. Not crowded at all, making it very peaceful. Like the other four most important temples in Chiang Mai, it has an iconic and unique aspect; Wat Suan Dok has many white and delicate chedis that contain the ashes of different members of the Chiang Mai's royal family. That site is fantastic and allows to take memorable pictures.
One of a beautiful and interesting temple in Chiangmai. There are many stupas that keep the remain of Chiangmai former rulers and their families. Out of the main big hall if you walk along the main road roward inside the temple area there is another smaller chapel with another stunning Buddha image named "Phrajao Gao Tuea" This Buddha image is more than 500 years old and is one of the most famous Buddha image in Chiangmai. Wat Suan Dok is also a place for people who want to learn Buddhism or meditation because it is a campus of Maha Chulalongkornrajavidyalaya University (One of the Buddhism university in Thailand).
The meditation retreat was a life changing experience. The single day retreat is donation based and the proceeds go to a local orphanage that is financially distressed. I’m incredibly grateful for my experience here and the opportunity to help.