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Wat Suan Dok

On Suthep Road, west of the Old City, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
+66 53 278 304
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Temple built on what were once a 14th-century monarch's gardens. Today, site of a Buddhist university and a popular spot for photographers, especially during sunset. Some of the temple's chedis (spires) contain ashes of Chiang Mai's royal family. Also, one can see half of a holy Buddhist relic brought from Sukothai in 1371, which unfortunately split into two upon arrival in Chiang Mai. The other half is buried at Doi Suthep. A 500-year-old bronze Buddha image, one of the largest in northern Thailand, is also housed here, in the small hall at the back of the compound.
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On Suthep Road, west of the Old City, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
+66 53 278 304
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Chiang Mai has lots of beautiful temples which you can visit. After visiting so many nice temples in Chiang Mai on one day with my family, Wat Suan Dok was our last visit of temple of that day. It is located between old city and...More

Thank ericpeggy
Reviewed 1 week ago

I visit this temple as I heard from my friend that this is one of famous temple. I would like to see the architecture of temple and I found very beautiful pagodas here.

Thank Tip I
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I spent a day touring about 5 different temples all in Chiang Mai and this was my absolute favorite. There is something about the white structures scattering the foreground with the large golden temple sticking out in the behind. We were also 2 of the...More

1  Thank vinhternational
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The temples don't have to walk on stairs buy the entrance tickets take a cable cars up and down very good for elderly people or on wheel chair.

Thank Bella221012
Reviewed 17 August 2017

Definitely visit Wat Suan Dok. It's super easy to get "templed out" in Chiang Mai and Thailand, in general, but definitely prioritize this one. There is the bigger temple on the hills outside of the city, overlooking the city, which we didn't go to, but...More

2  Thank SocialNomads
Reviewed 3 August 2017

This incredible temple is just a bit west of the Old City and across from Chiang Mai University (also worth visiting). Wat Suan Dok is basically pronounced like What Swan Duck and any driver will know it. Highly recommended. Just wandering around this large temple...More

2  Thank JDZatSF
Reviewed 2 August 2017

this temple is just outside the walls of old city in chiang mai , I visited in night, though the vihara was closed but the out side was accessible for any photographs , and of course for free , by tuktuk , it costed me...More

Thank Ahmad B
Reviewed 1 August 2017

Amazing temple. 300 steps to the top will definately test your legs. we got a professional photo inside for 100bht and it was well worth it. We really enjoyed our time in here.

Reviewed 19 July 2017

If you enjoy visiting temples and seeing the architecture this is not to be missed. You must make sure that your arms and legs are covered for women. I wore trousers and took a shawl to cover up.

Thank Lorna B
Reviewed 16 July 2017

Really beautiful at the top... peaceful, serene, incredible views... but the drive up is tipsy turvy!!! Two of us in the van felt very ill by the time we got to the top, and we were sitting towards the front... so please bring some pepto...More

1  Thank EEM1
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Jaime V
6 September 2017|
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Response from Tib18 | Reviewed this property |
Hello there. Wat Suan Dok has a Monk Chat Monday - Friday, 5-7p.m. It's free, but do put something in the donation box facing the entrance, or offer an envelope. It's a great experience to learn a little about Buddhism, and... More
21 February 2017|
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Response from warmbeerhater | Reviewed this property |
An easy fifteen minute walk from SUAN DOK Gate, which is the midpoint of the West side of the most.
25 December 2016|
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Response from warmbeerhater | Reviewed this property |
This one is less formal. I have worn shorts and a golf shirt.....I don't think beach ware is liked anywhere in CM, but is still tolerated. A few shirtless were taken to the police station last year.