In the heart of Chiang Mai’s old city sits the Wat Chedi Luang, the Temple of the big Stupa. Originally built in the 14th century by the then Thai King to house the ashes of his Father, it was the home of the Emerald Buddha before an earthquake in the 16th century demolished part of the temple, and the Emerald Buddha started its journey via Laos to its ultimate resting place in Bangkok.
The were 3 temples on this site within its walls and the edges of the site are lined with pavilions housing a reclining Buddha amongst other things, and a magnificent assembly hall. Following Burmese occupation in in the 18th century, work to reconstruct did not start until the 1920 and major rebuilding work in the 1990s.
In the main part if the magnificent and revered statue of the standing Buddha with two disciples, as ever in gold, the symbol of complete enlightenment. It is one of the most fascinating sights of the ancient city of Chiang Mai.