Located close to the Phae Gate of the old city, this is one of the must see temples in Chiang Mai.
According to folklore, the temple was built in 657 during the reign of Queen Chamawethi. Legend has it that the queen brought one of the most beautiful Buddha images from Lopburi to Chiang Mai, and was enshrined at its present location.
Wat Chai Phra Kiat
Translated it means “temple of the renowned victory’. Located near the center of the old walled city, this is a small Wat consisting of a viharn, ubosot and chedi.
The Lanna style viharn is the largest building with a 2 tiered roof with a front gable adorned with golden flower motifs on a blue background. At the bottom of the stairway leading to the viharns entrance you’ll find a pair of white and gold Chinthe (Burmese style lions) that guard the hall. These are 2 rows of red lacquered columns supporting the roof and the walls are adorned with murals. A large bronze Buddha image, cast in 1566, is in a very ornately decorated niche.
The ubosot is a small Lanna style building. The front gable is adorned with flower motifs on a green background. There’s a pair of ferocious multi-colored Naga serpents guarding the stairway to the ubosot’s entrance. Golden flower motifs adorn the red entrance doors with another pair of Naga over the doors. Inside the ubosot is a Buddha image seated in the subduing Mara posture on a pedestal.
Between the viharn and ubosot you’ll see the chedi. This is of white Burmese style sitting on a base of several square tiers and a section of reclining octagonal tiers. Topping the chedi ia a golden bell, a spire and a 7 tiered Pathein Htee (Burmese style umbrella).
The Wat is located just a few hundred meters east of Wat Phra Signh in the center of the old walled city.