Wat Chedi Luang Wat Chedi Luang houses the largest chedi in Chiang Mai. The temple is located right in the middle of the city and was built in the reign of King Saen Mueang Mak, the seventh king of Mengrai Dynasty. The 98-metre tall and 54-metre wide chedi was built in the reign of King Tilokkarat. The construction was completed in 1481. In 1545 the chedi was collapsed due to an earthquake during the reign of King Jiraprapa. The chapel in the front was built by Chao Khun Uba Lee Poramacharn (Sirichantathera) and Chao Kaeo Navarat in 1928. The magnificent methodological serpents ramble from the entrance of the chapel to its door on both sides. It is believed that they are the most beautiful man-made serpents in the northern Thailand.

Wat Phra Sing Wat Phra Sing, located on Sam Lan Road, houses the revered Phra Phutthasihing Buddha image cast in Subduing Mara. The Buddha image is now enshrined in Viharn Lai Kham. During the Songkran festival, each April 13-15, people process the most sacred Buddha image around Chiang Mai town for traditional bathing.

Formerly, this area was a Wat Li Chiang Market until 1345, King Pa Yu, the fifth king of Mengrai Dynasty commanded to built this temple and a 24-feet chedi containing his father’s ashes. The temple compound includes the lovely Viharn Lai Kham featuring exquisite woodcarvings and northern-style murals paintings, a magnificent

Chiang Mai City Arts and Cultural Center Located at Prapokklao Rd., Tambon Sriphum. An old building of elegant architectural design was built in 1924. Standing on the location of former royal hall, the building was used as the central administrative offices of the Monthon Phayap administrative unit of Siam, and later as the Provisncial Hall of Chiang Mai.

The cultural center was created to help them understand their roots and foster a sense of pride in local indentity and thus to help preserve the beauty of local customs and culture. The museum has been divided into two sections. The front (eastern) part of the square-shaped building contains permanent exhibits. The rear section of the building has been dedicated to cultural activities, temporary exhibits, a souvenir shop, a lecture theatre, an exhibition hall for Lanna arts and an archive.

Permanent Exhibits
The Permanent exhibits are thematically divided into periods and topics which are shown in 15 rooms. They show the development of the region and the city from pre-history to its rise and decline as an independent capital.The city’s history is illustrated up until present times.The system of administration, way of life, local wisdom and the culture that have created the city’s proud identity are presented using a variety of media . Models, slides, pictures with text explanations, digital video presentations and graphic displays will impress visitors and help them understand the origins of the city.

Temporary Displays and Activities
The rear of the building and the enclosed open-air courtyard are reserved for a variety of cultural acitvities aimed at conserving and promoting the valuable traditions of the local culture.

Opening Hours : Tuesdays to Sunday including public holidays 8.30- 17.00 hrs. (close on Monday)

Tha Pae Gate is one of the most famous landmarks in Chiang Mai and is part of the crumbling city wall which once acted as a fortress for the ‘Old City’ (and still today acts as a geographical boundary). The gate area is an epicentre for tourism in Chiang Mai, boasting more hotels, bars, restaurants, cafes, massage parlours and shops than anywhere else in the city.

Staying near Tha Pae Gate not only means you’ll be surrounding yourself with fellow travellers, but it also means you’re well-placed to walk to many of Chiang Mai’s main attractions such as the Night Bazaar, the numerous temples in the Old City, and even the Riverside area (at a push).

Sunday Walking Market One of the liveliest tourist places in Chiang Mai where you can spend a pleasant evening with your family and friends, Rachadamnoen Road is the venue for Sunday Walking Street Market. For Shoppers, there are streetside stalls selling goods at cheap prices and air conditioned malls where you can buy branded products. 

Though you can find a wide range of products here, handicrafts made from wood, paper, silk, metal, ceramic, and glass dominate the market. And for epicures, the market offers a variety of options in the form of streetside cafes, upscale restaurants, and even food stalls. 

Before sunset, the market comes into motion and remains active till midnight, making for a perfect choice for a memorable Sunday evening.

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Lanna Folklife Museum The best way to learn about the culture and history of the region is to visit Lanna Folklife Museum housed inside a former courthouse. While the gorgeous building is sure to impress the architecture lover in you, the intriguing collection of artifacts will fill your heart with excitement. The museum features 18 varied exhibitions dedicated to the cultural history and lifestyle of the people here. 

From a collection of sculptures and artworks to a wide range of textiles and tools, the museum has a lot to see and click. Besides, there is also a small café here where you can enjoy delicious snacks.

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Buddhist temples are one of the major highlights of Thailand. Wat Phra Singh, located in the northern most island of Chiang Rai, is one of the oldest Buddhist temple of the island country. One of the main attractions of the temple, the gold-plated Pagoda is located right beneath the viharn in this temple. 

Highlights – Constructed during as early as 1385, this temple, constructed in white and gold, contains the highly revered Phra Singh Buddha image in its sanctum sanctorum. With great decors, antique golden motifs in pure Thai Lanna style, the temple contains the ubosot, viharn and a chapel bearing the footmarks of Lord Buddha. 

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