Wat Chetawan, located outside the old city, is far from being on the list of the most popular temples to visit in Chiang Mai.
Hidden behind buildings down Tha Pae road, east of the famous gate, Wat Chetawan, like the neighboring Wat Bupparam and Wat Mahawan temples, was originally built in the late nineteenth century outside the city walls and moat by Burmese teak merchants. As a result these temples incorporate several Burmese elements in their design.
This photo is one of the three chedis (or stupas) which combines both type of architecture.
A chedi contains Buddhist relics and is often used as a place of worship. The shape of the chedi represents the Buddha, crowned and sitting in meditation posture on a lion throne. A Chatra is attached at the top of the spire. This 5-tiered golden umbrella represents protection and royalty.
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