Wat Ku Tao (Gourd Pagoda) - Constructed in 1613

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Timings : 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Wat Ku Tao, Chiang Mai Overview

Wat Ku Tao is a Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai with traditional Burmese, Chinese and Confucian influences. Also known as Temple of the Gourd Pagoda, it borrows its name from its chedi that resembles a gourd or a stack of watermelons, which actually represents the lives of Buddha. It is a quiet temple with few visitors, making it perfect for some peaceful meditation and prayer.

Built in 1613, Wat Ku Tao holds the ashes of Prince Saravadi (1578-1607), the first Burmese overlord of Chiang Mai. The distinctive chedi built in Yunnanese style comprises of five diminishing spheres representing the five historical and future Buddhas. One of the two Shan temples in Chiang Mai, it the location for the yearly Poi Sang Long ceremony. This ceremony usually takes place during March end or April beginning.

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