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Wat Jed Yot

Wat Jet Yot in Chiang Mai is a landmark temple, with its Seven spires it is unique in design being a result of a blend of Indian, Lanna, Chinese and Thai design it was constructed in 1453 for the 80th World Buddhist Concil to be held at.

The Seven Spires are of course symbolic being one spire is to represent each week the lord Buddha spent meditating at the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya, India after he had attained enlightenment.  Wat Chet Yod as it is also called, was erected during the rules of King Tilokkarat his ashes are interned in a the large chedi on the site to this day.

 

 

 

Wat Jet Yot (also written Wat Jed Yod) located in Chiang Mai, is a destintive and unusual Lanna temple blessed with a large temple grounds, one can relax and wander at will. Constructed in 1453AD to host the eighth World Buddhist Council in Chiang Mai, it gets its name from the design having seven spires.

Wat (วัด) = temple
Jet (เจ็ด) = seven
Yot (ยอด) = spires

The main viharn is where the seven spires sit on top of, and the building below houses a sitting buddha, viible from the arched walkways into it.

The rectangular base of the chedi is adorned with 70 bas-reliefs of Buddha and angles images. Some of these angels are said to look very much like the face local king at the time of its construction (King Tilokarat).

Only males are allowed to climb the temple roof to see the reliefs.

To find the temple it is easiest to go down the Huew Kaew road toward CMU  and turn right at the Super Highway (Amari Hotel) road and head toward Chotana Road and shortly it will be on the left hand side at the stoplight.

 

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