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Wat Umong

Delve into the ancient tunnels that meander beneath this famous temple complex and inspect its various shrines, images and statues.

Dating back 700 years, Wat Umong is a momentous element of the rich tapestry that makes up Chiang Mai’s history. The Buddhist temple is a fascinating surviving part of the Lan Na dynasty, containing many intriguing artifacts. Enjoy the scenery and serenity among the religious buildings in the forests of this complex.

Among the highlights is the replica of the Ashok Pillar that contains four lions at its base, with a wheel shielding the stone creatures from rain. Wander through the 15 acres (6 hectares) of scenic grounds that make up the Buddhist complex. Much of the land is covered in lush vegetation.

Feed the fish, turtles and ducks in the picturesque pond. The so-called “talking trees” have plaques that read wise words aloud in English and Thai. Visit when the heavy rains have just ended in October and November to see the forest at its most brilliant green.

Capture photos of the intriguing layout of the chedi, which is the main religious building. Its base consists of spirals leading up to the pointed spire. Follow the tunnel to the main altar of the temple, which has a large golden Buddha. The tunnels meander through an artificial mound created in the late 14th century. It is said the tunnels prevented a mad monk from wandering off.

Attend meditation ceremonies and talks on Sunday afternoons to learn about Buddhism from the monks. Note that the temple is free to enter, although donations are accepted. The site opens daily from dawn until late afternoon.

Wat Umong is in the foothills of the Suthep Mountain, south of the main campus of Chiang Mai University. Make sure to see the nearby attractions, such as the Wat Ram Poeng, the Doi Suthep-Pui National Park and the Wat Phra That Doi Kham.


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Lodging Near Wat Umong

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U Nimman Chiang Mai

U Nimman Chiang Mai

1 Nimmanhaemin Road, Chiang Mai
4.6
of 5, from 127 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Huay Kaew, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Think Park and Chiang Mai National Museum. Chiang Mai City Arts & Cultural Center and Chiang Mai Zoo are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Fullrich Lanna Suite

Fullrich Lanna Suite

87/2-3 Soi Wat Umong, Suthep Rd, Chiang Mai
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Wat Umong and within 3 mi (5 km) of Chiang Mai City Arts & Cultural Center and Chiang Mai National Museum. Chiang Mai Zoo and Wat Chiang Man are also within 3 mi (5 km).

NIDA Rooms Umong Doi Suthep Palace

NIDA Rooms Umong Doi Suthep Palace

87/2-3 Soi Wat Umong, Suthep Road, Chiang Mai
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Chiang Mai, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Wat Umong and within 3 mi (5 km) of Chiang Mai City Arts & Cultural Center and Chiang Mai National Museum. Chiang Mai Zoo and Wat Chiang Man are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$55
Loam Boutique & Cafe

Loam Boutique & Cafe

105/6, M.5, T.Suthep, A.Muang, Chiang Mai
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Chiang Mai, this guesthouse is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Wat Umong and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Chiang Mai Zoo. Ton Payom Market and Wat Suan Dok are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$308
Villa Mahabhirom

Villa Mahabhirom

62 Moo 10, Tambon Suthep, Amphur Muang, Chiang Mai
4.5
of 5, from 6 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Chiang Mai, this luxury hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Wat Umong and within 3 mi (5 km) of Chiang Mai City Arts & Cultural Center and Chiang Mai National Museum. Chiang Mai Zoo and Wat Chiang Man are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$17
B2 Premier Hotel & Resort

B2 Premier Hotel & Resort

163, Canal Road, T.Suthep, Chiang Mai
3.3
of 5, from 23 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Chiang Mai, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Wat Umong and within 3 mi (5 km) of Ton Payom Market and Wat Suan Dok. Think Park and Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$44
Non Nid Non Noi Design Residence

Non Nid Non Noi Design Residence

34/16 Moo 5, Chiang Mai
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Chiang Mai, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Wat Umong and within 3 mi (5 km) of Ton Payom Market and Wat Suan Dok. Think Park and Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders are also within 3 mi (5 km).

B2 Ayatana Premier Hotel & Resort

B2 Ayatana Premier Hotel & Resort

99/9 Moo 14, Suthep Road, T. Suthep, Chiang Mai
3.2
of 5, from 12 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Chiang Mai, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Wat Umong and within 3 mi (5 km) of Chiang Mai City Arts & Cultural Center and Chiang Mai National Museum. Chiang Mai Zoo and Wat Chiang Man are also within 3 mi (5 km).