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“Only one of Many Gates”
Review of Tha Phae Gate

Tha Phae Gate
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Half-Day City Temples Tour of Chiang Mai
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We made a mission of seeing all the gates to old town in Chiang Mai, worth it, as you walk along the moat you can see all the gates - including the Tha Phae Gate - and the corners of the ancient moat wall. They are all beautiful and worth-while seeing.

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Reviewed 1 June 2018

We passed the Tha Phae Gate several times during our 5-day stay in Chiang Mai. We noticed that it's full of people at night when the temperature is cooler. We came late afternoon and the tourists were having fun feeding the pigeons. We had nothing to feed them, yet a pigeon still landed on my husband's shoulder for a photo opp:)))

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Reviewed 31 May 2018 via mobile

Chiang Mai's old city is surrounded by a moat, the remnants of old city walls and several old city gates. This single eastern gate is by far the best gate with a large pedestrian courtyard where tourists feed flocks of pigeons -- other gates are traffic/road way entrances. This gate leads to the major east/west artery of the old city.

The old wall and gates are interesting but not exciting ... we've sometimes see people swimming (or at least in) the nearby moat. That's interesting but I'd not venture into those murky waters!

Thank RegQuinton
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Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

The gate is part of the old city's defence system. Very nice old structure witg lots of things to do nearby.

When you are in the city centre you cant miss it

Thank BaukeT1983
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Reviewed 25 May 2018

Tha Phae Gate is the center of Chiang Mai and the eastern entrance to the old town. Of the five city gates, this one has the largest plaza in front and is the only one that cars and other vehicles cannot drive through. Originally built with the foundation of the city, under Japanese occupation of Chiang Mai in World War II it was torn down along with the other gates and the city walls, but not the four corner bastions, to make bricks for new roads. The city rebuilt this and the other gates in the 1960s.
Dozens of pigeons flutter around the plaza, making it a favorite tourist venue for photos with the birds. The moat on each side, which extends all around the old city, is about ten meters wide and four meters deep. In the past it was sometimes over twice as wide. Fed by two streams coming down from Doi Suthep, it served as part of the city’s defenses as well as a source of fresh water and fish. The road from Tha Phae Gate to Wat Phra Singh is the venue for the Sunday ‘Walking Street,’ when vehicle traffic is forbidden and the street and the lanes to the sides fill with stalls selling all kinds of Lanna products.
Whenever there’s a national holiday, a special locally organized event or a major festival, stages and screens go up in front of the gate for musical performances or beauty contests. For some of them, the plaza fills with food stalls. The countdown on New Year’s Eve takes place here. The floats of the Flower Festival, Chinese New year dragon dancers, and the procession of the first day of Songkran pass by Tha Phae Gate and the processions of the Loy Krathong festival all start from here.

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