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Thursday, November 06, 2014

Chiangmai Wats - Wat Phan Tao

Wat Pan Tao aka The Monastery of a Thousand Kilns
Location - At the junction of Ratchadamnoen [Sunday Walking Street] and Phrapopklao Roads, immediately north of Wat Chedi Luang. Click here to see Map 

Notes - visiting Wats requires you to be appropriately dress and entering the halls requires you to take off your shoes.
Wat Pan Tao is not one of Chiangmai’s most famous wats but this small temple with its attractive teak viharn is worth a visit and it's located right next door to the prestigious Wat Chedi Luang.
Originally built as an ancillary temple to the royal temple, Chedi Luang in the 1300s.  The current viharn was constructed end of 19 century from recycled wood moved here in 1875 by King Inthawichayanon.  It is one of the remaining all wood temple buildings in Chiangmai which had been part of the Royal Residence of the King. 

The dark teak is beautiful and helpd the golden peacock embellishment above the front door stand out which is a symbol for the King.

There is an array of bells and a 200 years' old bodhi tree.

During Loy Krathong Festival which takes place each year on a full moon of the 12th month of the Thai Lunar Calendar [typically November], monks  at the temple will light and release floating balloons made of paper at night.

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