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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.