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Wat Umong, Chiang Mai - Thailand

Wat Umong, Chiang Mai Wat Umong, Chiang Mai

Wat Umong is a peaceful forest temple located on the outskirts of Chiang Mai. The parkland setting complete with lake is a respite from the noise and traffic of the city, and the chanting of the resident monks adds to the sense of calm.

A huge naga staircase leads to the main chedi, standing very sombre in grey stone with dappled sunlight shining through the trees. The temple's unique feature is the deep tunnels running underneath, apparently built for a resident monk who had a habit of wondering off into the forest. These lead deep into the hillside and are filled with dark cells and Buddha images.

The shady paths and calm setting make Wat Umong a lovely place to relax and get away from noisy city life.


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