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by Ian Marshall (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer and yogi living in Tepoztlan, Mexico where I'm running with my girlfriend. You can keep up with my other writing on or
Published October 11th 2012
Forest Wat on the edge of Chiang Mai

Located in the University district of Chiang Mai near the Southern end of Nimmanhaemin Road, Wat Umong is a beautiful getaway from the city. A "Forest Wat" it was originally built in the 13th Century by King Manglai and has numerous interesting features.
We entered to the sounds of Monks chanting and the Wat is very much active and used by resident practitioners.
We wandered down to the peaceful lake with some beautiful trees and enormous catfish, a peaceful spot for meditation.
Beautiful Tree
Beautiful Tree

We walked back up into the centre of the complex and explored the tunnel system, where several shrines house some nice Buddha statues.
Tunnel Buddha
Tunnel Buddha

Above the tunnels is a large Chedi or tower, pictured below which Buddhist practitioners circumambulate in a clockwise direction while reciting prayers.

Round the back of this is an interesting statue of the Buddha in his fasting ascetic period, emaciated and with ribs showing he cuts quite a terrifying figure.

The temple is beautiful and serene and also has numerous buildings containing libraries and other resources for Buddhist study - we got lost among the site and would definitely go back.
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Why? Beautiful and peaceful wat in nature
Where: Chiang Mai
Cost: Free
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