Foto Friday: Wat Chedi Luang, Chiang Mai

Foto Friday: Wat Chedi Luang, Chiang Mai

Every Friday I’ll be sharing a photo from someplace in my travels.

This week’s photo is of Wat Chedi Luang in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Wat Chedi Luang is one of the most popular wats in all of Chiang Mai. Located in the middle of the historic Old City, both tourists and Thais alike flock to this ancient stupa. Constructed in the early 14th century, it was the largest building in all of the Lanna Kingdom. It was also this wat that once contained the Emerald Buddha, Thailand’s most sacred object. However, it was moved to the nearby city Luang Prabang after an earthquake destroyed the upper portion of Wat Chedi Luang in the 1550s. Parts of the wat were finally restored in the 1990s, but the spire was never recreated since nobody knows what it actually looked like.

Wat Chedi Luang has a huge presence in Chiang Mai as it towers above the surrounding area. I loved seeing all the statues around it’s perimeter, especially the Nagas and elephants. As we walked around the structure, I noticed this pristine golden Buddha shining against the brown deteriorating ruins in the background. Somehow, the blend of modern and ancient seemed to go effortlessly together.

Chiang Mai - Apr 2014

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  1. Ryan Biddulph
    June 21, 2014 / 11:43 pm

    Love it Beth! I visited and snapped a bunch of pictures 3 months ago ;) Susan, I missed Monk Chat, looked neat though. Did you go?

    • Beth Williams
      August 5, 2014 / 12:56 am

      Chiang Mai is certainly an easy place to snap a lot of photos! I can’t wait to return.

  2. June 21, 2014 / 9:24 am

    great photo.

    • Beth Williams
      August 5, 2014 / 12:55 am

      Thanks Rebecca!

  3. June 20, 2014 / 11:26 pm

    Hi dear! I’ve been there and it is incredible! Did you check out Monk Chat?

    • Beth Williams
      August 5, 2014 / 12:55 am

      I wanted to but it wasn’t going on while we were there! (I think due to the holiday)