Wat Chet Yot is a Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. It is a centre of pilgrimage for those born in the year of the Snake.
Wat Chet Yot is located northwest of the city centre of Chiang Mai along the Super Highway Chiang Mai - Lampang, north of the intersection of Huai Kaeo road and Nimmanhemin road.
King Tilokarat commissioned the construction of the temple in 1455 CE after he had sent monks to Bagan in Burma to study the design of the Mahabodhi temple there, itself a copy of the Mahabodhi Temple of Bodh Gaya in northern India, the location where Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, attained enlightenment.
According to the Jinakālamālī chronicle, in 1455 CE the king planted a bodhi tree on the spot and in 1476 CE "had established a large sanctuary in this monastery", probably for the celebration ceremony commemorating 2000 years of Buddhism. The following year the 8th Buddhist World Council was held at Wat Chet Yot to renew the Tripitaka (the Pali Canon).
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A remarkable 15th century Wat, built as a smaller replica of the Bodh Gaya temple in Bihar, India. The architects hadn’t seen the original, but copied another replica in Bagan, Myanmar. So, having... more »
We were in Chiang Mai for 5 days last November for Yi Peng (Flying Lantern Festival) and Loy Krathong (Floating Lantern Festival). We had planned a 3 day Temple circuit in the Old City.We had pin... more »
A beautifully peaceful spot, within the city. An almost 600 year old temple, ancient bodhi tree (from Sri Lanka I believe), and lovely gardens. An auspicious temple for those born in the year of the snake. The name of the temple in English has many different spellings (Chet Yot, Jet Yot, Jed Yod, etc.) due to the conversion to Latin script, but they are all the same temple. Has a neighborhood feel and also a feeling of something more grand.
Consists of several temples & shrines, the most unique one is the snake temple with Indian influence. Many people come to pray as it's the full.moon day of Lunar calender.
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