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Wat Saen Fang, Chiang MaiWat Saen Fang, Chiang Mai (24 October, 2006)


Wat Saen Fang (GPS: 18.78911, 98.99869; Thai: วัดแสนฝาง ) is a Thai Buddhist monastery along Thapae Road, at the junction with Chang Moi Tud Mai Road, in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The monastery dates back to the 14th century, though none of its buildings are that old. The entire temple complex is surrounded by a high wall, with openings at Tha Pae Road and Chang Moi Tud Mai Road.

Wat Saen Fang is entered from a roofed gate house that is two storeys tall. From there, the approach to the temple courtyard is via a walkway with undulating naga-makara balustrades on both sides.

To the left of the driveway, beyond a red fence, is the ho trai (scripture hall), which is built of teak in 1869 and painted red. It stands on stilts above a pond.

The chedi of Wat Saen Fang is Burmese style. It kind of looks like a smaller version of the Shwedagon. It is at the centre of a jumble of spires.

To the west of the chedi is the ubosot (ordination hall) and another ho trai.

The viharn (assembly hall) of Wat Saen Fang is an impressive building that was originally the ho kham (palace, literally "gilded hall") of the ruler, Chao Kawilorot in the 1860s. It was dismantled and reassembled here to function as the viharn of his monastery by Chao Kawilorot's successor, Chao Inthanon, in 1878.

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Wat Saen Fang
188 Thapae Road, Tambon Chang Moi,
Amphoe Muang Chiang Mai,
Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand.

Wat Saen Fang, Chiang MaiThe grand entrance to Wat Saen Fang from Thapae Road. (24 October, 2006)


Wat Saen Fang, Chiang MaiThe walkway towards the central courtyard of Wat Saen Fang is flanked by undulating nagas. (24 October, 2006)


Wat Saen Fang, Chiang MaiWat Saen Fang, Chiang Mai (24 October, 2006)


Wat Saen Fang, Chiang MaiWat Saen Fang, Chiang Mai (24 October, 2006)


Wat Saen Fang, Chiang MaiThe Burmese-style chedi of Wat Saen Fang, Chiang Mai (24 October, 2006)


Wat Saen Fang, Chiang MaiAnother view of the Burmese-style chedi of Wat Saen Fang. (24 October, 2006)


Wat Saen Fang, Chiang MaiThe ubosot of Wat Saen Fang. (24 October, 2006)


Wat Saen Fang, Chiang MaiAnother ho trai of Wat Saen Fang. (24 October, 2006)


Wat Saen Fang, Chiang MaiMeditation Practice Pavilion at Wat Saen Fang. (24 October, 2006)


Wat Saen Fang, Chiang MaiAnother view of the Meditation Practice Pavilion. (24 October, 2006)


Wat Saen Fang, Chiang MaiGate leading out to Chang Moi Tud Mai Road. (24 October, 2006)


Wat Saen Fang, Chiang MaiThe viharn (assembly hall) of Wat Saen Fang. (24 October, 2006)

Wat Saen Fang on Google Maps Street View

Wat Saen Fang, view from the entrance. (Feb 2016)

Entrance to Wat Saen Fang from Chang Moi Tud Mai Road (Sept 2016)

Wat Saen Fang is on the map of Chiang Mai

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