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Wat U-Mong

Wat U-Mong is among one of the wonders of Chiang Mai. It is a temple just located west of the city near the foot of Doi Suthep. But what makes this monastery so special?

Wat U-Mong

The exciting part is its tunnels making the temple look like it was built underground and can keep you warm in winter.

 

On a level open space, a large mound was built with a tunnel maze, which had tile paintings on the walls. The legend is that the temple was built like this for a highly regarded monk who was a bit eccentric. It’s said that the tunnel complex helped keep him from wandering off. It is an especially tranquil setting in the tunnels as well as in the wooded areas, even by temple standards.

 

The Temple is said to have been built in King Mangrai's era, the same time Chiang Mai was built, 700 years ago. This extraordinary landmark is about as old as the gates, walls, and moats of central Chiang Mai.

 

 

Category: Thailand

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