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Visit Wat Pan Tao (Chiang Mai)

g_translate Thai name : วัดพันเตา
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Wat Phan Tao Chiang Mai
Wat Phan Tao is one of the oldest temples in the old city of Chiang Mai. Its construction began in the late 14th century. Wat Phan Tao means temple of a Thousand Kilns. A name that is probably due the fact that the place was used to cast Buddha images for Wat Chedi Luang, which is right next door. His viharn is entirely built with teak panels. It is one of the finest buildings of this kind. Built in 1846, it was originally a Ho Kham, a throne room, for one of the kings of Chiang Mai. It was on stilts, but they were removed when the building was renovated and converted into a monastery in 1876. This is the most interesting element of Wat Phan Tao which also houses a chedi. The front of viharn is particularly beautiful. The gold band at the entrance is carved with Lanna floral motifs. Over the pelmet, you can see a golden peacock sculpture over a crouching dog. The dog is the astrological sign of the year of birth of the King of Chiang Mai who used the building as a palace.

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Practical information about Wat Pan Tao

No admission fee
Open from de 8 am to 5 pm

How to get to Wat Pan Tao ?

This temple is located in Chiang Mai fortified central square surrounded by moats. If your hotel is also in this area or is in the immediate vicinity, it will be easy to reach the Wat Phan Tao temple by walking or by bicycle (many hotels and guesthouses rent bicycles or there are several rental shops in town, it is generally around 50 THB per day). If you prefer, there is hiring a tuk-tuk or getting into one of the cars that circulate in town after indicating your destination are other options to get there.
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Rules to respect when visiting a temple

Wat Pan Tao is a temple and when you visit a temple in Thailand there are some rules to know and follow :

  • Dress properly (knees and shoulders should be covered)
  • Take off your shoes when entering the buildings
  • Be quiet
  • Don't hug or kiss
  • Don't point your feet to Buddha's image
  • Don't smoke

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