WAT CHEDEE LUANG
Wat Chedi Luang, maybe the most impressive temple of Chiang Mai, is known for its huge chedi.
Built in 1401 and raised to a height of 86m in 1454 by King Tilokaraja (the founder of Wat Chet Yot), it was partially destroyed and reduced to its present height of 42m during a massive earthquake in 1545.
Another feature of the site is the tall gum tree that lies just inside its entrance. According to legend, the fate of the tree is linked to that of the city : when the tree falls, so will Chiang Mai.
Also of interest are a Naga (serpent) staircaise adorning the main chapel's front porch, and the framed pictures along the walls with English captions explaining the story of the Buddha's life.