The first temple in Chiang Mai is named Wat Chiang Man or Chiang Man Temple. It is one of the most beautiful temples designed in a traditional Lanna architecture surrounded by elephants. This temple is also the oldest temple in Chiang Mai. The pagoda in this temple is very different from those in other temples which is one of the highlights here.
The history of this temple all began when King Mangrai, the first king of Lanna Kingdom intended to be built this temple. The purpose was to bring a statue of a Buddha image depicting an elephant at the Nalakhiri Elephant statue.
People in Chiang Mai all respect the temple very much as it's considered as important evidence in the former Lanna Kingdom’s valuable history. After being in an abandoned temple during the war of independence from Burma since 1776, the temple was continuously renovated to be as beautiful as it is today.
Wat Chiang Man is located on Rajaparkan Road in the Mueang District of Chiang Mai. If you’re traveling by private car, use the same route as if you’re going inside Tha Pae Gate. But all of this isn’t necessary if you’re going with your local friend’s private car. Wat Chiang Man is open daily from 8 p.m. to 5 p.m. So, if you’re considering visiting a significant landmark that is an important piece of Thai history, Wat Chiang Man should be on the top of your list if you happen to be in Chiang Mai.