Taking a tour of Chiang Mai’s three main temples – ancient edifices featuring intricate carvings and ornate hand painted murals – is a must for art and culture buffs.
Wat Phra Sing, built in 1345, is a premium example of Northern Thai architecture. It houses the Phra Singh Buddha, a highly revered statue.
Wat Chedi Luang, built in 144, features a towering, ruined Lanna-style pagoda in an architecturally compelling compound. Original home of the Emerald Buddha (now housed in Bangkok) you can now view a jade replica in its place.
Wat Chiang Mun, built in 1297, is the city’s oldest temple and home to several very ancient and important Buddha images.