The Wat Chedi Luang, also known as Chedi Dragon Temple, is a particularly famous temple in the city of Chiang Mai. It is located in the heart of the ancient city of Chiang Mai.
This square shaped Lanna style sacred stupa was built in 1411 and is nearly 80 meters high. A major earthquake once happened in Chiang Mai, and the spire of the stupa collapsed overnight. After the rebuilding of the stupa, the apex could not be completed because no one knew its original appearance. The stupa has four sides, only one side has steps, and the other three sides have been restored into slopes. The stupa is engraved with exquisite guardian spirit snakes on all sides, and there are six elephant sculptures on the tower. The building is magnificent. But the atmosphere is very natural and leisurely.
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This temple’s area was so huge. Located in old town Chiang Mai, this place was always busy. You need to buy a ticket first then you can come inside the temple. It was a freaking hot, humid day. So if you want to find peace, you can come inside the temple, sit down, and just be quiet. It actually cooled me down.
After a century of wind and vicissitudes, the most important Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai
is located in the center of the ancient city of Chiang Mai. Chai Dilong means big tower in Thai, because of a Lanna-style square stupa in the center of the temple. And got its name. It is also ranked as the most noble temple in Chiang Mai with Pashang Temple. The main stupa in the center of the temple is the main building of the temple. It is a blend of Lanna, India and Sri Lanka. It has been built up to 90 meters and is said to be able to look around. In 1545, a large earthquake occurred in Chiang Mai, and the spire of the big stupa collapsed overnight. Since then, in the 16th century Thailand-Myanmar war, there have been repeated incidents of military squadrons, and finally only about 60 meters high, but 500 years is still the highest building in Chiang Mai.
Just arrived at Chaidin Temple, it was flashed by this magnificent main hall. This degree of luxury reminds me of the Vatican Palace that I visited in Lingshan, Wuxi; but the design of the Vatican Palace is more obvious, which means that the luxury here is natural.
Although I have seen photos of the Chadi Dragon Temple stupa on countless travel microblogs, but when I first saw it, I still had a small shock. Compared with the golden stupas in the temples visited before, this one is even more story-telling, and the years of the resurgence of the stars make it bear a special historical vicissitudes. Because the top collapsed, the four-spot stupa will look different from the four sides.
The current pagoda is restored, but the top is still desolate. It is said that there is no information at all to find out what it was like. There are three gods on the pagoda, each placing the statue of the Buddha, and the place where the jade Buddha was placed in the east. Now there are replicas, the other two are stone carvings, one of which is a reclining Buddha. There are six elephant head statues on the south side of the
big stupa, five of which are fakes that were later repaired with cement. Only the rightmost bricks are made of real goods. It is a pity that the nose and ears are damaged after years of wind and sun. Standing in front of this broken pagoda, we can still imagine its majesty and solemnity. Years of the wind and frost can take away its majestic appearance, but can not take the solemn soul.
Chiang Mai ancient city must-have temple | Chedi Luang Temple
Chiang Mai ancient city inside the temple, but Chedi Luang Temple is the most spectacular and the highest, so if your time is limited, you can Miss other, but can't miss it.
Chai Dilong Temple, also known as the Great Buddhist Pagoda Temple, is a Lanna-style building because it has a 42-meter-high tower. It was once the 80-meter highest tower in Chiang Mai and was destroyed by the earthquake. There are six elephant head statues on the south side of the tower, five of which are later repaired.
Entering Chedi Luang Temple, everyone wants to buy 40 baht tickets, the price is not high, but I heard that there is no charge.