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Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham, Chiang Mai

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Stroll through the tranquil, overgrown grounds of Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham, a 6 hectare (15 acre) temple complex. As you wander, contemplate the proverbs which hang from trees on little signs in English and Thai, or feed the fish, turtles, and ducks in the large pond. Admire the large sculpted chedi (reliquary), the Buddha field of broken sculptures, and the replica of one of the pillars of Ashoka--Buddhist monuments scattered across the Indian subcontinent. The temple's name derives from the maze-like warren of ancient tunnels--or umong--which crisscross the grounds, reportedly built to prevent a respected but deranged monk from leaving and getting lost in the surrounding bush. To visit Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham on your trip to Chiang Mai, use our Chiang Mai tour itinerary planner.
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  • A very unusual temple outside the old city. It's an archaeological site discovered years ago. The connecting tunnels make the temple very unusual. Its location away from the city protects its... 
    A very unusual temple outside the old city. It's an archaeological site discovered years ago. The connecting tunnels make the temple very unusual. Its location away from the city protects its...  more »
  • I have visited What Among several times in the last 8 years for one or two weeks, last stay 2017, and I am planning to visit again this year for 2 weeks of peaceful meditation. I always bring my own.....  more
    I have visited What Among several times in the last 8 years for one or two weeks, last stay 2017, and I am planning to visit again this year for 2 weeks of peaceful meditation. I always bring my own.....  more »
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  • Worth the trip out of Chiang Mai to visit this Temple Complex. It's a nice change from the city Temples. We came here on our scooter - an easy ride. There's quite a lot to see. The tunnels are particularly interesting. Wear good footwear - the ground can be quite slippery in places. We only had an hour to look around so weren't able to see it all. Give yourself a couple of hours.
  • This place typifies why I love about the "out of city" temples. They incorporate nature as an integral part of the environment and you get a totally different and more peaceful experience experience. This is spread out over a large area and has an unusual feature with tunnels running under the Pagoda. Lovely sound of birds singing in the trees and Cockerell calling. On the path from the entrance there are "cartoon like" illustrations each with a message about life and living.

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