Wat Chai Mongkol is one of the oldest community monasteries in chiang Mai. It was founded around 600 years ago, as the power and influence of the Lanna kingdom was emerging at the time of strong King Tilokkaraj. Shrines and artefacts were added by the various ethinic groups using the temple - Burmese, Laos - note the imposing Chinese shrine with its goddess of mercy statue. the boat landng was the main Chiangmai arrival and departure point for visiting royalty and merchants of substance. the statue of Rama V, King Chulalongkorn, is a popular spot for Thai devotees. Located just beside Anantara Chiang Mai Resort & Spa and favourite Wat for Thai devotees to release eels, fishes, clams, birds, frogs and turtles to redeem sins.
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