The wat boasts the largest chedi in Chiang Mai, which is slowly being restored after half of it collapsed after an earthquake in 1545. The origical chedi was built in 1401 and was 98-metres tall and 54-metres wide.
Its elephant buttresses and naga-lined staircases has been reconstructed over the last decades. Although restoration works are in progress, visitors need not worry about the compound looking like a construction site, as there isn't much evidence that works are being carried out.
Surrounding the chedi are other buildings, like the main chapel, which houses the hall for worship (no footwear is allowed inside). There are also the monks' quarters and other smaller Thai-style pavilions.
This is one of my favorite wats in Thailand. The large chedi is built in the old Lanna style, constructed around 1441. It's now in partial ruins due to a large earthquake, which occurred in the 16th century. For a time, this was the home of the holiest Buddha image, the Emerald Buddha before it was moved to it's final location, Wat Phra Kaew in Bankgok.
The wat has gone through some major reconstruction work. Mostly repairing the naga staircases.
At night, the large chedi is lit up at night and looks beautiful.
Wat Chedi Luang, Chiang Mai's largest monument, was built in 1391 during the reign of King Saen Muang Ma, 8th ruler of the Mengrai dynasty, to enshrine the relics of his father. The massive chedi (pagoda) was expanded over the centuries, until it reached its final form in 1475, when King Tilokarat made it the home of the Emerald Buddha, the most important cultural treasure in Thailand. At one point the chedi was 144 feet wide and 282 feet tall. Unfortunately, the pagoda was heavily damaged in the 1545 earthquake during the reign of Queen Mahadevi. The present chedi was restored by UNESCO and is about 60 meters high. In front of the ancient chedi is the viharn, or worship hall, which is a much newer structure.
A huge chedi was built in King San Maung Ma 's reign as donation the merit to his father ,King Kue Na.But it was not finish in his reign.after that King Sam Phang Kaen built later.The latest renovation was from the Fine Art department.
This place is one popular place for tourists, as the main temple of Chiang Mai ,there 's a cirty pillar where another sacred things in this site.
In its day, Wat Chedi Luang must have been the most impressive temple in Chiang Mai. Built about 600 years ago, the huge chedi which give the temple its name must have soared high above the surrounding city.
The chedi was mostly destroyed within a few hundred years of its construction, believed to be due to an earthquake in the 17th century.
This wat was former home of the Emerald Buddha, which is now located in the Grand Palace, Bangkok.
Wat Chedi Luang is an amazing wat located right in the center of Chiang Mai city. This wat once held the emerald Buddha. The wat is home to many monks, and feel free to talk with them. If you come at just the right time during the day you may get to go and hear the monks chant. Remember while inside a wat you must take your shoes off, sit or kneel down, and act respectfully. Also remember to never point your feet bottoms at anything or anyone. Listening to the monks chant is a great cultural experience. This is a must see and experience!
To the rear of the Temple is the 15th century Lanna-style chedi. It is in partial ruins, destroyed either by a 16th century earthquake or the 18th century war between Siam and Burma.
Plans are afoot to restore it, but as no-one knows what it originally looked like, the plans remain on hold.
wat chedi luang is the temple of the great pagoda. This pagoda, of a faint orange colour, is over 600 years old - King Swanmuangma started its construction during his reign - but he died before seeing it finished. What is impressive about this pagoda is that you don't even notice that most of it was recently reconstructed (because it was heavily damaged). The decorations of the pagoda are simple but very nice: about mid-way up it's surrounded by a row of white elephants that go all around it. Sidenote: this temple complex is also the home of a buddhist university
This viharn is located just before you get to the main entrance into Wat Chedi Luang and I think it's still part of the larger temple complex.
There are also other buildings, like the main chapel, which houses the hall for worship (no footwear is allowed inside).
At the monks' quarters you can have chat with monks.
Wat Chedi Luang (or Monastery of the Great Stupa) is one of the biggest temple complexes in Chiang Mai and, within the grounds, features the ruins of a 15th century stupa (see next tip)