Construction of Chiang Mai's historic Chedi Luang Temple dates back to the late 14th century: an edifice that at one time housed the revered Emerald Buddha which is today located in Bangkok's Grand Palace. Its current semi-destroyed state can be attributed to an earthquake in 1545, leaving what remains of Wat Chedi Luang's former greatness cloaked in an eerie mystique that, on overcast days, can't help but play on the imagination. Not to worry, though: the trademark stone elephants that circle its base are still mostly intact.
Aside from this beautiful structure, the temple grounds also contain a series of viharns (monasteries or assembly halls), each with a unique display of Buddha images, as well as the famed Dipterocap Tree and city pillar which are said to protect Chiang Mai and its inhabitants. For a bit of history, religion and culture all rolled into one, this place is both centrally located and well worth your time.
Location:Chiang Mai, Thailand