Wat Chiang Man
If you have come to visit Thailand and are looking for various things to do in Chiang Mai, one of the most common things tourists take part in when they come to this beautiful area is exploring the various tourist destination spots and one of them is the Wat Chiang Man, one of the famous temples located in Chiang Mai.
The Wat Chiang Man Chiang Mai Buddhist temple is an age-old establishment contained within the moat and walls of the old city of Chiang Mai; it rests in the North Eastern corner of the city and is among the Ratchaphakhinai 1 road and the Phra Pok Klao 13 road. Once in the area, you will notice that the Wat Chiang Man temple is on the road’s right.
Aside from exploring the area, you can have other things to do in Chiang Mai and these include learning about the history and culture of the old city and admiring the age-old establishments that have been designed beautifully by the locals during older times. The Wat Chiang Man was created by Mangrai in the year 1297 CE and is one of the first temples found in Chiang Mai, exactly on the Wiang Nopburi; this place is a guarded town of the people of Lawa and has been used as an encampment by the King Mangrai during their creation and development of his fresh central town, Chiang Mai.
What to see in Wat Chiang Man Chiang Mai
The other things to do in Chiang Mai’s Wat Chiang Man include exploring and experiencing what they actually have and what they can offer there. Chiang Mai is known to be a busy yet alluring city and Chiang Man surely has its own appeal and beauty; in the area exists two moderately sized wihan’s or mediation halls, and an intriguing chedi that is topped with gold, along with its usual establishments and buildings that accompany the temple. There is a virhan which is larger than the others, and it is much bigger as well, compared to the rest of the virhans in the area.
The largest one has a golden exterior and inside this is where one of the oldest dated Buddha images in the whole of Chiang Mai can be found a Buddha that stands while holding a bowl, engraved with the year 1465.
For the smaller virhan, it is fronted and overplayed with another fine exterior while also being supported by huge teak, wooden pillars on the inside. Inside this virhan are two little and precious images of Buddha that can be found right on the throne of the meditation halls altar; these two Buddha are the Marble Buddha called Phra Sila, and the other is the Crysta and lucent Buddha or the Phra Kaew Khao.
The Crystal, luminous Buddha, which probably has been dated from the 14th century, once belonged to the Queen of Lamphun, wife of King Mengrai. Based on stories, the Buddha had survived the kings burning of Haripunchai, which was the area where the queen ruled; thus, the crystalline Buddha has been revered and honored by the people because of its ability to preserve and safeguard against disasters. If you wish to view these cherished Buddha images found in Wat Chiang Man, keep in mind that it is best to visit the temple during Sundays since the images seem accessible on a rather sporadic schedule.
As for the Phra Sila Buddha, it dates from a time during the 8th century and has most likely come from Ceylon. The people of Thailand believe that this Buddha has the power and abilities to bring forth rain which is why locals celebrate a certain yearly festival, occurring on the month of April.
Another notable establishment within the area is the Chedi Chang Lom which was established around the 15th century and was rebuilt around the nineteenth century. This Chedi Chang Lom, or Stupa that is surrounded by elephants, is a unique and extraordinary chedi that is fused with a glistening gold and grey stone, along with a stone bottom portion that is embellished with Sinhalese styled elephant adornments.
Moving south of the Chedi in the Wat Chiang Man, you will find the library within the temple; it has a red colored balcony and has an elevated white base that is used to conserve the numerous manuscripts that are hidden in the area. Close to the ubosot (a building located within a Buddhist wat) is a stele that dates back from the year 1851; it records and documents the foundation of the city of Chiang Mai at four in the morning on the 12th of April, 1296.
Things to do in Chiang Mai
The beautiful and alluring Chiang Mai is considered as Thailands second city; it is a tinier and a more relaxed counterpart to the bustling and busy streets of Bangkok. Chiang Mai was once the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Lanna yet is now amongst the major spots favored by a lot of travelers and tourists of all kinds. Those people who visit this area constantly return as they have revered in its beauty, or they stay for years instead.
There are various things to do in Chiang Mai and some of these include the famous temple visits, cooking classes, street food and cuisine adventures, plus learning about the citys tradition and culture. Yet beyond its confines, one will find a lush, verdant, and natural exquisiteness where interesting animals and uniquely fascinating communities can be visited, despite being sheltered deep within the mountains in Chiang Mai. This is one city that has a lot to offer, so here are some other things to do in Chiang Mai that every visitor should not miss.
The Tweechol Botanical Garden
This tourist spot may be located far out on the road of Chiang Rai but visiting this botanical garden will leave you amazed and exhilarated. It has been developed into a private nature park where you can find a lot of beautifully sculptured lakes and ponds that are surrounded by a huge number of palms, topiaries, cycads, and the like; plus it also has greenhouses containing cacti, rare plants, and various tropical species as well.
Chiang Mai National Musem
Their national museum can be found next to the Wat Jet Yot, and also shelters a group of traditional Lanna-made works of art. Other items here include war weapons and ancient Buddha images which will allow guests to see and learn about the locals heritage and culture, the place is nothing world class, but all the important and pertinent information you need to know about Chiang Mai can be found within the museum.
Elephant Nature Park
Spending the day in these places is definitely a memorable and one of a kind experience, especially when you are able to interact closely with these majestic creatures that you can feed, ride, and bathe during the day. Not only that, but visiting elephant parks will allow you to learn about their history, their plight, and the mission of these parks to ensure the safety of these domesticated elephants. The cost when volunteering in these parks includes lunch and transportation, and all the money collected from these will directly be used for maintaining the area and grounds to provide a tranquil and comfortable atmosphere for these elephants to live in.
However, you should remember to book in advance if you will visit these parks since the volunteer slots fill up quick, and ahead of time.