this is a buddhist temple in chiang mai. it was partially destroyed by an earthquake in 1545. it’s freakin’ HUGE! the temple shares it’s grounds with a couple of other temples: wat ho tham and wat sukmin. the city pillar was moved to the temple grounds around 1800 by king chao kawila. the king also planted a dipterocarp tree there to help the pillar protect the city.
when you first walk through the gates, there’s a huge, ornate viharn (a place that houses the principle buddha) right in front. here’s the dragon decorations that are on either side of the steps that lead into the viharn:
we walked around the side. there’s a lady walking towards the camera, you can use her as a point of reference to see how huge just the viharn is! you can also easily see wat chedi luang in the background: