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Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham, Chiang Mai - A Buddhist Monastery Amidst Nature

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Discover the historic and tranquil Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham, nestled in the lush forests of Chiang Mai, Thailand. Read further to delve into the temple's rich history and learn about the best nearby Thai attractions to visit. You can add this place to your Chiang Mai packages and Thailand vacation package, it will be all worth it. 

History of Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham

Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham is an ancient Buddhist temple dating back to the 13th century. It was built by King Mangrai, the founder of the Lanna Kingdom, as a meditation retreat for renowned monk Thera Jan. Over the centuries, Wat Umong has been expanded and restored numerous times, blending architectural styles from different eras while retaining its spiritual essence. This Thai temple is one of the best attractions in Chiang Mai.

Highlights of Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham

Some of the most striking features of Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham include:

  • Unique tunnel system: As one of the few "tunnel temples" in Thailand, visitors can explore its maze-like underground passageways adorned with Buddhist murals and inscriptions.
  • Ancient chedi: The focal point of the temple grounds is a large brick stupa in Lanna style surrounded by a peaceful moat.
  • The "Talking Trees": Wander among the trees throughout the complex adorned with Buddhist proverbs hanging from their branches.
  • Meditation areas: Find solace in serene meditation areas scattered throughout the verdant temple grounds.

How to Reach Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham

Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham is one of the best Thailand attractions and is located about 6 kilometers from Chiang Mai's city center. Travelers can reach it via various transportation options:

  • By tuk-tuk or songthaew: Charter a ride directly to the temple from downtown Chiang Mai.
  • By motorcycle or bicycle: Rent a bike or motorbike and ride into the temple with the aid of a map or GPS.
  • By taxi: For convenience, hail a cab to take you directly to the temple.

Best Time to Visit Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham

The ideal time to explore Wat Umong is during the cool season between November and February when mild temperatures make for comfortable sightseeing. Visiting during morning hours may guarantee fewer crowds and an opportunity to witness morning alms-giving ceremonies

Places to Visit Nearby Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham

  • Wat Phra That Doi Suthep: Another breathtaking temple located on a mountain overlooking Chiang Mai.
  • Chiang Mai Night Safari: A fascinating nocturnal wildlife park featuring various species from around the world.
  • Huay Tung Tao Lake: A picturesque spot perfect for picnics, swimming, and relaxing after a day of exploration. 
  •  Royal Park Rajapruek: Marvel at the beautiful floral displays and manicured gardens in this sprawling horticultural oasis.   
Frequently Asked Questions about Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham

Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham is a Buddhist temple located in Chiang Mai, Thailand. It is known for its unique tunnels and ancient meditation practices.

The temple is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

No, there is no entrance fee to visit the Thai temple. However, donations are welcome

The temple is known for its ancient tunnels, peaceful gardens, and serene atmosphere. Visitors can also participate in meditation sessions led by the resident monks.

Yes, visitors are allowed to take photographs inside the temple and its grounds. However, it is important to be respectful and not disturb the monks or other visitors.

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