The name Wat Phan Tao means "MONASTERY OF A 1000 KILNS". The name is believed to refer to the casting of the numerous Buddha images for its even bigger neighbour, Wat Chedi Luang, located right next door.
This Wat is different in that it has a ALL WOOD VIHARN.
The viharn was originally the palace "gilded hall" of Chiang Mai's king, Chao Mahawong, who ruled from 1846 to 1854,..... AND was reassembled here, and today functions as a monastery.
The wall of the viharn is of central Thai style, comprising of panels and Lanna design are the doors and windows, which have intricate Lanna-style carvings. The carvings are gilded and inlaid with colored glass.
Over the central pelmet is a gilded panel featuring a peacock straddling a curled-up dog. The dog is featured because it happens to be the zodiacal animal representing the year that Chao Mahawong was born.
The front entrance is guarded by Burmese-style lions.
THIS IS ANOTHER WAT ENTIRELY DIFFERENT TO OTHERS THAT YOU SEE IN CHIANG MAI.
Interesting to have a look at.
The wat is situated next to Wat Chedi Luang. The highlight of this wat is the teak Lanna wihan. It is constructed of moulded teak panels and supported by giant teak pillars. Inside are temple bells, ceramics, wooden Budhas & manuscripts.
If you were visiting Wat Chedi Luang, you should come and visit this wat as well. Why? because it is just on the right beside the Wat Chedi Luang.
Here you will see a nicely designed wooden wat with the Buddha Statue in it. In the main hall, it looks very beautiful with some kind of stings tighted and hanged up half way to the ceiling. When we were there, it was almost the time for the young monks to start their class. I saw monks aging about 5-10 sitting in the main hall while the elder monk leading the chanting. Well, it was quite an experience seeing them trained up to be so disiplined and obedient...
Wat Phan Tao is one of the the few remaining wooden temples buildings that is still in good condition.
"Visit the 158 year old teak temple."
The temple was once part of Wat Chedi Luang and got its name from the "thousand furnaces" that were used to cast the images for the main temple. The gable overlooking Phrapokklao Road has fine woodcarvings. At the back of the temple compound is an aviary and fish pond.
Pan Tao means thousand of stoves. It derived from the legend that told about this area was originally located the Buddha images crucibles and stoves for Chedi Luang temple. Pantao temple is a small temple where have some important buildings such as:
-The viharn,it was formerly a palace residence. King Inthavichayanontha,the 7th King of Chiang Mai dynasty dedicated the pavilion to be a viharn, so it 's not just a beautiful place, it 's also an example of pavilion in Lanna style.This viharn 's a huge teak building decorated with carving wood,gold gilded and colourful glass. The highlight 's on the pediment over the front door, it's a peacock carving covered with chedi and nagas. Others interesting things are carving pediment over windows and gable ends.