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Visit Wat Ton Kwen (Chiang Mai)

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Wat Ton Kwen

Thai name : วัดต้นเกว๋น

GPS : 18.722877, 98.925375 (See on the map)
Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai

Presentation

Also called Wat Intharawat, Wat Ton Kwen is a small temple named after a tree. 14 km outside Chiang Mai, built in 1858, it is very popular with Thais and very little visited by foreign tourists. It is one of the few Lanna style temples with an original wooden wihaan (ordination hall). The ramps of the small staircase leading to the interior of the vihaan are stone Naga (mythical snakes). Around, on 3 sides, an open pavilion surrounds the building. What makes the charm of this temple is its facade composed of carved wooden panels richly decorated with inlaid colorful mosaics. The interior (I do not have pictures it is forbiddent to take photographs inside), is also interesting.

Wat Ton Kwen or Wat Ton Khwen or Wat Ton Kaen, you will find the 3 Western spellings, is a short visit. It is not one of the must-see places in Chiang Mai, but if you pass by on the way to Rajapruek Royal Floral Park or the Wat Phrat That Doi Kam for example, make a quick hook to visit it.

Practical information about Wat Ton Kwen

No admission fee
There is no local transportation that can take you to Wat Ton Kwen but you can hire a red car in Chiang Maicity. The round trip should cost you around 250-400 THB depending on the number of passengers, the time the driver will have to wait for you there and your negociatiosn skills of course. Otherwise an GRAB driver should cost you less but they are normally illegal in Thailand (at least in 2017).

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