ePrivacy Directive Compliance
Buddha Statue Meanings
Free Online Travel Magazine




 
Web
www.thailand-travel-guide.co.uk

Buddha: " Whenever you see things, just see. Whenever you listen, just listen. Whenever you know, just know."

Wat Chedi Luang - Wat Phra Dhatu Chedi Luang and Chiang Mai City Pillar Shrine

Wat Chedi Luang - Wat Phra Dhatu Chedi Luang and Chiang Mai City Pillar Shrine are centrally located inside the old walled and moated city od Chiang Mai

The massive brick and stucco temple building built between the 1380s to 1410s - Wat Chedi Luang - Wat Phra Dhatu Chedi Luang

Wat Chedi Luang - Wat Phra Dhatu Chedi LuangWe visited the Grand Pagoda or Phra Dhatu Chedi Luang, Chiang Mai in December 2007 and were awe inspired by the massive brick and stucco temple building built in a combination of Thai and Sri Lankan styles between the 1380s to 1410s with its gold Buddhas, elaborate Naga staircases and guarding elephants. We were on the site for well over an hour as there is so much to see and explore.

'Monk Chat' area - Wat Chedi Luang - Wat Phra Dhatu Chedi LuangThere are a number of English language information text pieces around the Wat as well as a free 'Monk Chat' area, open from 13.00 to 17.00 daily, where you can obtain information about this important historic site, a monk's life and Buddhism in general.

Naga staircase - Wat Chedi Luang - Wat Phra Dhatu Chedi LuangThe Wat Chedi Luang in Chiang Mai is about 60 metres square at the base wide and has a present day height of just over 55 metres, originally it was around the 80 metres mark and must have been a really fantastic sight when complete. This historic ruin underwent some heavy restorative work in the late 1990s but is deteriorating still and you would be pushed to see where the work was carried out.

Acharn Mun Bhuridatto Viharn - Wat Chedi Luang - Wat Phra Dhatu Chedi LuangThe site is a popular Buddhist pilgrimage temple where on certain high days devotees can 'wash' the Buddha relics enshrined, by operating a pulley driven water container that pours water over the top of the shrine, this adds to the erosion by the elements of the fabric of the building. The Emerald Buddha housed in the Grand Palace in Bangkok was once enshrined here for almost 80 years. The reason it was moved was that the main structure partly collapsed due to an earthquake in 1545. Currently, from what we can gather, the Grand Pagoda enshrines the Buddha 'Chalerm Raj'.

The reclining Buddha or Pha Buddasaiya - Wat Chedi Luang - Wat Phra Dhatu Chedi LuangThe reclining Buddha or Pha Buddasaiyat facing the Grand Pagoda is an old Buddha statue of gilded brick and plaster, believed to have been created during the reign of King Phra Muang Kaeo (1487 - 1517), the eleventh monarch of the Mang Rai Dynasty. The head of the reclining Buddha statue is orientated towards the south and faces the ancient Grand Pagoda. The reclining Buddha measuring almost 9m long and 2m high is housed in an open sided pavilion built under the supervision of the Venerable Phra Buddhisophon the abbot in 1955.

The Little Northern Stupa - Wat Chedi Luang - Wat Phra Dhatu Chedi LuangThe Little Northern Stupa, close to the Lanna Buddhist University Headquarters and administration block in known to date from the same era as the Grand Sanctuary.

The Little Northern Stupa was restored in 1993 and still it is not known what the stupa commemorates but it is a handsome structure standing just less than thirteen and a half metres tall, topped with a gilded brass parasol.

The Yang Tree or Bodhi Tree - Wat Chedi Luang - Wat Phra Dhatu Chedi LuangThe Yang Tree or Bodhi Tree that is adorned by locals was planted during the establishment of Chiang Mai in 1796 when the city of Pasang was abandoned as the capital of Lanna by Prince Kawila (1781 - 1815). This could be the tallest Bodhi Tree in the Kingdom.

Phaya Yakkharaj or southern pavilion, built in 1800 on the instruction of Prince Kawila, houses the mythical guardian 'Yaksha' destined to protect the Inthakhin or City Pillar Shrine of Chiang Mai city, The City Pillar Shrine - Wat Chedi Luang - Wat Phra Dhatu Chedi Luangthere is a second pavilion housing a similar guardian close by.

The City Pillar Shrine, one of the main reasons there is a Wat here today, itself is not an elaborate affair as in most cities and you have to seek it out. The only indication of its importance is the small sign above the northern door. Unfortunately for us, the Chiang Mai City Pillar Shrine was locked on the day of our visit.





Listen Now

Thai Language


Flag of Thailand

Wat Chedi Luang - Wat Phra Dhatu Chedi Luang


The mythical guardian 'Yaksha - Wat Chedi Luang - Wat Phra Dhatu Chedi Luang

Fat Red Buddha - Wat Chedi Luang - Wat Phra Dhatu Chedi Luang

Address - Wat Chedi Luang - Wat Phra Dhatu Chedi Luang

 


Thai Recipes

Shopping

Flora and Fauna

Industry and agriculture

Thailand - Driving

Thailand 2004 Tsunami

Train Info

Highways & Byways

Frequently Asked Questions


Items annotated (TAT)
are courtesy of the Tourism Authority of Thailand
News Room


Calling all Thailand Travel & Tourism Specialists

Free Pages - Get your details listed in our Directory

Drop us an email providing the details you would like entered into the directory or alternatively write using the address details below.

You do not need to have a web site to get listed.

Back to Top

Other JeGraNet.com web sites

Residual Income

Owned & Operated By: JeGraNet.com
Copyright 2005 to 2012 - All rights reserved | Privacy Policy