Wat Chet Yot
Wat Chet Yot is located on the Chiang Mai - Lampang Super
Highway, north of the Huai Kaeo and Nimmanhemin Road intersection.
Wat dates from 1455 and was built by King Tilokarat after
he sent Lanna architects to study at Bodhgava - the site of
the Buddha's Enlightenment in north India over 2,500 years
ago. The resulting design is very much of Indian influence.
In fact it is thought that the wat was heavily influenced
by the design of the Mahabodhi temple in Pagan, which itself
was an exact copy of the Indian temple at Bodhgaya.
the Wat's name (in Thai) suggests, there are seven square
chedi within the complex. These stand on top of the old vihan
in which there is an arched cave containing a Buddha image.
The most interesting feature of the wat is the series of over
seventy, much damaged, but still very beautiful, stucco celestial
beings that decorate the walls of the base. Their intricate
clothes and jewellery and their lovely smiling faces are Lanna
art at its finest.
are a further three chedi that stand in the spacious complex
grounds - the largest contains King Tilokarat's remains. There
is also a fine carved wood gable on the small bot that is
situated nearby. The grounds of the temple are tranquil and
spacious, shaded by many old trees.
1477 Wat Chet Yot hosted the Eighth World Buddhist council,
which was convened to revise the 'Tripitaka" (Buddhist
canon and teachings) - the results of the conference have
unfortunately been lost.
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