Wat Lok Molee

Wat Lok Molee, Chiang Mai 2018

Wat Lok Molee is a Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand, located just outside the old city center, on the north side of the moat surrounding the old city, and is one of the city’s older temples. Also known as Wat Lok Moli, the temple has one of the largest and most impressive chedis in Chiang Mai.

Although the exact date of foundation of the temple is not known, it is likely that the first buildings were built in the 14th century. The temple was probably a royal wat, as the kings of the Mengrai dynasty maintained the temple. King Kuena, who ruled Lanna in the second half of the 14th century, is said to have invited a number of monks from today Myanmar to Chiang Mai to spread the teachings of the Buddha. During their stay, the monks lived in Wat Lok Moli.

The massive chedi was built in 1527. It has been restored several times over the centuries and is in good condition. The chedi sits on a large square base. Each side of the upper part of the chedi has a niche containing a Buddha image. It houses the ashes of several kings of the Mengrai dynasty, who ruled the kingdom of Lanna from the end of the 13th century until 1558.

 

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