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Visit Wat Ban Den (Chiang Mai)

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Wat Ban Den

Thai name : วัดบ้านเด่น

GPS : 19.157238, 98.979457 (See on the map)
Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai


Wat Ban Den temple or Wat Bandensali Si Mueang Kaen by its full name, is located 50 kilometers from Chiang Mai city. It is a huge buddhist complex composed of several halls and stupas. Its colorful statues and immensity have made its reputation. Formerly Wat Ribunrueang, it is located in the Mae Taeng District in Chiang Mai province and stands on top of a small hill. In 1804, Kruba Thueang Natsilo, a former abbot, had the temple renovated with the intention of turning it into a beautiful place of worship to attract more people to teach them religion. The main structures of the temple include a Ubosot, main hall in a Ho Trai, scripture library, drum tower, Wihan Sao Inthakhin, sanctuary of the sacred pillar, Kuti in Lanna style teak wood, a monks house, a stupa... Don't miss the superb Burmese-style reclining Buddha !

Wat Ban Den is a huge temple that keeps getting bigger. Architecturally speaking, you will find a lot of different elements and styles with an amazing sense of detail. It is a beautiful place but I must admit that I did not find in it the little extra soul that I usually feel in temples in Thailand. I have been there twice and had this feeling of the place being a little artificial both times. But it is probably just me and whatewer it's still an interesting visit and a stop that I recommend on the road from Chiang Mai to Chiang Dao.

Practical information about Wat Ban Den

No admission fee

To get to the temple, there is no local bus line, you have to your on transportation or privatize a red car to take you there, wait for you when you visit and bring you back in Chiang Mai.
Note that each year for Loy Krathong and Yee Peng Festival in Chiang Mai (usually in November, the date varies each year as it is based on the lunar calendar), a big release of sky lantern is organized in the temple. But you have to pay to attend it and the ticket is quite expensive (around 100 euros per person).

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