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Wat Chedi Luang

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Wat Chedi Luang or temple of the big stupa is a Buddhist temple in the historic centre of Chiang Mai. The present temple grounds was originally made up of three temples, the Wat Chedi Luang, the Wat Ho Tham and Wat Sukmin.

There is also the revered city pillar or Sao Inthakin that houses the guardian deity of the city and three dipterocarp trees are planted there and the city pillar is instrumental in protecting the town. There is a festival in honour of the city pillar that is held annually and revered by the locals and tourists. Near the entrance to the temple is a Buddha statue and on the other side of the chedi there is another pavilion that houses a reclining Buddha statue.

The historic and venerable temple has a crumbling Lanna style chedi which is one of the tallest structures in ancient Chiang Mai. Restoration work has been done and new Buddha images have been created and on the southern side of the temple, five elephant statues can be seen. A slow stroll around the massive walls of the temple can be quite meditative and the image of the standing Buddha flanked by two disciples is renowned for meditation and mysticism.