Timings : 6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Entry Fee : No entry fee
Located deep within a forest, Wat Pha Lat is a temple that merges the spirituality of Buddhism with the beauty of nature. It can be reached after a delightful hike along the monk's trail, completing which the temple offers a rewarding experience. One finds that stone images and carved statues are set amidst freely flowing waterfalls, sounds of birds and a peaceful atmosphere.
Wat Pha Lat, also meaning a monastery at the sloping rock is also one of the best-kept Chiang Mai secrets. Nestled on the way to one of the most popular attractions, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, this jungle temple is believed to have been discovered when a white elephant belonging to King Kuena, direly needed some rest.
The same elephant later passed away at the nearby jungle, which is now Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. After the jungle's discovery, the king ordered for temples to be built on both these sites, which then became a resting stop and a monk pilgrimage. Roads leading to temples constructed in 1935 eventually became a meditation centre and a monk residence.
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