Wat Buppharam, Chiang Mai

Wat Buppharam, Chiang Mai

The Wat Buppharam or Suan Dok is a small Buddhist temple and historical site in Chiang Mai. It was here that 200 years of Burmese rule ended after their defeat by Chao Kawila in 1797 and Lanna rule was restored. The temple itself was built by the Lanna King, Muang Kaew, in 1497 as a place for a revered monk from Sukhothai to spend his rain retreat but was renovated several times and none of the Lanna structures remain today.

The structure of the Wat Buppharam was given a complete makeover in 1996 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the reign of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. New doors were added to the Viharn and some of the ancient Buddhist images were replaced. A library was also built within the temple complex. Notable features of the temple are the large Ubosot or ordination hall and the Chedis with the ashes of the rulers of Chiang Mai. The temple complex also houses the Mahachulalongkorn Rajavidyalaya Buddhist University. The present Wat Buppharam has many stucco reliefs, murals and wood carvings that are fine examples of modern religious art.

Why You Should Visit:
This temple's uniqueness is derived from the fact that it’s built tall and skinny, which is very unusual for temples across Thailand.
Surrounded by gardens, an architectural gateway which leads to a 'chedi' to the right of the temple, it truly stands out from the rest.

Tip:
Climb the two flights of stairs and enter the temple to see the beautiful inside decorated in red, gold and green. You can also enjoy lunch on the grounds.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-5pm

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Sight Name: Wat Buppharam
Sight Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand (See walking tours in Chiang Mai)
Sight Type: Religious

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