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Wat Kuu Tao Chiang Mai


Wat Kuu Tao Chiang Mai


  • Wat Kuu Tao is north of the old moated city of Chiang Mai. The temple grounds have a selection of art and architectural styles including traditional Lan na with statues of Thai kings, traditional mythical animals and Burmese style lions and a Yunnanese style pagoda featuring five diminishing forms with niches to house images of Buddha, each facing the cardinal directions.
  • This is not a significant temple but for those in the north part of the city a visit to appreciate different forms of imagination of the north peoples is interesting.



Wat Kuu Tao Chiang Mai


  • It is believed that this wat was built in about 1613 to enshrine the remains of the first Burmese ruler of Chiang Mai and contains elements of Chinese design and style. The chedi is most unusual.
  • The low square base supports five tiered spherical shapes that are topped by a spire. The spheres are decorated with Chinese style flowers and carved into the face of each sphere are molded niches facing north, south, east and west.