The Chiang Mai city is defined by a 700 year old moat, sits in the shadow of a monastery built in the 14th century and is dotted with temples raised by kings in centuries long past. In ancient times kings built temples (called wat in Thai) to demonstrate not only their devotion, but also their wealth and power. Temples served not only as centres of faith, but also as schools and hospitals. Today, temples are still a central part of Thai life and the holy structures of Chiang Mai are living, breathing places that serve as invaluable bridges to the past, keeping the people linked to the timeless traditions of their ancestors.
You will discover many interesting temples to see and explore in Chiang Mai and North of Thailand which needs to be carefully planned, however, for now we will tell you about some of the most famous temples highly respected and worshipped by all Thai people and the local people of the region.
When you go, remember that a temple isn’t just a tourist attraction. Most of Chiang Mai’s Buddhist temples are there to serve Buddhist and the community, so you’ll be expected to wear modest clothing and be quiet. Nearly all Buddhist temples in Chiang Mai are free or ask for a donation.