Thailand Trip 2017
Chiang Mai | Thailand
09 Dec 2017 | Sat
Day 10 of 22
Wat Phan Tao Chiang Mai Old City
Wat Phan Tao is a Buddhist temple located in the old city of Chiang Mai, Thailand. The temple is situated near the famous Wat Chedi Luang and is known for its beautiful architecture and historic significance.
The temple was originally built as a palace for the King of Chiang Mai in the late 14th century but was later converted into a temple during the 15th century. The name “Phan Tao” means “a thousand kilns”, and refers to the temple’s original use as a foundry for casting Buddha images and temple bells.
The temple’s main hall is a wooden structure that features intricate carvings and decorations, including a large gold Buddha image. The wooden pillars of the hall are carved with intricate designs, and the walls are adorned with murals depicting scenes from Buddhist mythology.
In addition to the main hall, the temple also features a beautiful garden and several smaller structures, including a meditation hall and a library.
Wat Phan Tao is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike and is often visited in combination with nearby temples such as Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phra Singh. The temple is open daily to visitors and offers a peaceful and serene atmosphere in the heart of Chiang Mai’s historic old city.