Wat Ban Den
Wat Ban Den
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Patty Kanyaporn
390 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Wat Ban Den boasts a vibrant and whimsical aesthetic. Think mosaic-covered structures, gleaming statues, and an overall sense of exuberance. It's often compared to Chiang Rai's Blue Temple, but with a unique twist.

History buffs will appreciate the temple's fascinating backstory. Founded in 1894 (originally named Wat Sahari Sribunrang), it was later renovated with a focus on the Thai zodiac. The complex features twelve stunning chedis (stupas) – one for each zodiac animal. According to local belief, a person's spirit resides in the chedi corresponding to their birth year.

While Wat Ban Den has gained popularity with tourists, it remains a place of worship for the local community. Be respectful of those in prayer, and remember to dress modestly.
Written 29 March 2024
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singhasam
Weymouth, UK4,019 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
THIS temple about an hour's drive outside Chiang Mai was utterly amazing, but the heat was crippling.
It reached 37C and I was dripping by the time I left, so take my advice and bring plenty of water to keep hydrated.
Wat Ban Den, also known as the Blue Temple, has some amazing figures from elephants and peacocks to chickens and roosters.
The site is vast and while I was there new buildings to increase the size of the complex were being worked on.
It is a Buddhist temple and among its highlights were the Drum Hall, the zodiac pagodas, the Tibetan Sutra Tower, and the teak monks' accommodation which has been built in a Lanna style.
Try and approach the site in an orderly fashion and do it section after section because if you just wander about then you are likely going to miss something.
Being orderly is easier said than done because of the huge area you have to cover.
Fortunately there are toilets here and it is possible to buy some water nearby.
Definitely a place to visit and I combined Wat Ban Den with several other sites including the famous Sticky Waterfalls to make a day trip out of it. Very interesting and entertaining.
Written 30 November 2023
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ngwilliam T
Malaysia60 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
An hour drive from Chiang Mai old city, it's a blue huge temples where u can worship, busy take pictures. Suggest go early morning to avoid crowd & hot temperature!
At 40 degrees!
Written 7 April 2023
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DRM58
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
If you are enjoying wonderful Chiang Mai, give Noi a call for a great one day tour of the magnificent Wat Ban Den temple and then a visit to the beautiful Sticky Waterfall. It’s an easy five hour round trip out from the city and both sites are still relatively tourist free. Noicnxguide is on WhatsApp +66896324696. (Also recommended for airport transfers or if you fancy a longer drive to Chiang Rai.
Written 28 January 2023
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rbrech
Silver Spring, MD508 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Solo
I'm pretty templed out by this point, but this Wat is something else. Huge series of buildings displaying terrific teak wood construction. I came in afternoon, in full sun , and had a hard time exploring the complex, but really enjoyed what I saw. Highly recommend.
Written 26 October 2022
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Jolsies
Lafayette, IN666 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
This was one of my favorite temples in Thailand. It’s very elaborate and colorful. We loved the gigantic Buddha and all of the ornate statutes. There were dragons, elephants, roosters, peacocks, etc. They were all so brightly colored that they sparkled. We were very surprised to find we didn’t need to pay an entry fee.
Written 6 July 2022
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MamaSanChiangMai
ChiangMai281 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
While tourist numbers are still low, now's the perfect opportunity to fully appreciate the astonishing craftsmanship of this entire complex of very different temples. Of particular interest as a photo op, the extraordinarily decorated sculptures standing watch outside each stood out beautifully under a perfectly blue sky. Great time to visit!
Written 11 February 2022
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Earleen H
Jacksonville106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I had a friend suggest this Wat to me for an interesting visit. He described it as a meeting of Buddha and Dr. Seuss and that was a completely accurate description. The intricate detail of the whimsical features are a delight to the senses. It is a large complex that is still under construction - I look forward to another visit when I am back in Thailand.
Written 25 April 2020
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Soko37
Budapest, Hungary12,079 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Big complex of temples and many tourists. It was hot 🥵 day, we are on the way from elephant 🐘 park and guide offer it as extra. Place is huge with many temples, in 30 degrees whole place was warm up like oven even higher as floor for area is made by stones.
Written 16 February 2020
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Tanya Patthama
Chiang Mai, Thailand101 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
This temple is beautiful but more fancy than classy pure temple. Many tourists but temple is huge enough to don't feel uncomfortable. Seems they're still have many projects inside and expand more buildings.
Written 19 September 2019
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