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Umong Temple

Umong Temple Tranquility and Nature

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Umong temple is a unique temple outside from the touristic visit and very much worth the visit.

Set in the jungle, nestled at the foot of Doi Suthep mountain, yet just a couple of kilometers from Thapae Gate, there is a certain air of mystery that reigns around Umong Temple. From the parking area, you will have to walk through a big park before getting to the main chedi and the tunnels.

umong temple, wat umong
umong temple, wat umong

One of the most beautiful aspects to this temple is its tunnels, dating back to the 13th century. After removing your shoes, the air, which smells of spicy incense and damp earth, becomes obviously cooler as you walk through one of the three entrances. Inside, there are a few Buddha statues in enclaves where locals will leave flowers and pray.

umong temple, wat umong
umong temple, wat umong

The bell shaped chedi above the tunnel can be reached by a stairway. You can walk from this chedi to the North, above the tunnels, to see a fine Buddha image cast in the ascetic style. Umong temple is home to a famous meditation center, that is why the area is so quiet and relaxing. If you are interested in learning more about Buddhism in general, there is a monk chat every Sunday at 3pm. A western monk, who has studied and lived in Thailand for a long time will answer any question you have.

umong temple, wat umong
umong temple, wat umong

Another interesting aspect of Umong temple is the large pond replete with fish, turtles and birds. You can cross the bridge to the little island and feed the animals. A short trail takes you around the pond. The natural aspect of the temple makes it a great place to observe birds. Wat Umong is only 10 minutes’ drive from the city’s center.

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Believe and Worship

Amulet

Buddha Amulets

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Since ancient times, wearing an amulet was supposed to endow the owner with either a protective quality, or would herald the coming of good luck and fortune.

A Buddha amulet is called “Pha Kwaeng” in Thai language. Like Christian crosses, Thai Buddha amulets can be made of metal or precious stones. Yet a majority of them today are still a combination of clay and incense ash. They are then moulded into a Buddha statue. Sometimes, pollen, herbs, metal bars (with scripture carved on), an eyebrow hair from a holy monk and a drop of his blood may also be contained inside. The amulet will give protection after being blessed by a renowned monk.

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buddha amulets, amulet, amulets

The story behind the amulet making says that once upon a time a renowned monk in Thailand was invited by the king to bless the population after a dangerous drought afflicted the nation. Unable to bring the large Buddha statue from his temple, he had a dream in which Buddha told him to make a smaller reproduction of his statue which would be easier to carry with him. He did the Buddha statue’s reproduction and the drought quickly disappeared after his arrival in town. The king then asked him to make more amulets and spread them among the population for protection.

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buddha amulets, amulet, amulets

In Thailand, people have such a craze for collecting amulets that there are no less than half-dozen magazines devoted solely to amulets.

Thai Buddha amulets can be made into different shapes, such as round, square and triangular. They can be purchased at temples, especially those that have particularly well-known monks or Buddha images. Amulets purchased inside temples will generally be new.

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buddha amulets, amulet, amulets

The big market is for older images which can be found at market around the country. In Chiang Mai, the Second Hand Market (Saturday and Sunday), located on Bumrungrad street, has become famous among amulet lovers. It presents about fifty stands of amulet.

Note however that in Thai language people use the term “rent” when referring to the purchase of a Buddha image. You don’t buy a Buddha, you rent it from its previous owner for a one-time fee.

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Chiangmai Zoo

Chiangmai Zoo is a nice place to spend the day with family

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Chiangmai Zoo is the first and only one zoo in the North. Located on the foothill of Doi Suthep, near Chiang Mai University. With the beautiful landscape, coveredc the hillside and mountainous tropical rainforest, you will touch the clean, fresh air in the Zoo which is the nearest jungle of the city, ‘ At the view point you can see the beautiful scenery of Chiang Mai city.

The camping area is one of our facilities which you can contact in advance for camping. Chiangmai Zoo keeps various kinds of rare wild animals of native and tropical zone. More than 6,000 animals of 69 species of Mammals , 311 species of Birds, 15 species of Reptiles and 60 species of fresh water fishes. Some species are very rare endangered and strongly protected in Thailand, for example the Fea’s muntjak, the Malayan Tapir, the Asiatic elephant with newborn cub, many of tropical birds and reptiles. All of them look well in their enclosures which improve like their natural habitat and provide for natural requirement. The Chiang Mai Zoo is very concerned for the animals right and respect to all of our animals in the collection

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Deer Park collect over hundred deer of tropical species. In the big park about 40 acre. You can feed the deer at the terrace. Touch of the nature of the waterfall the flying bird in Nakonping walk-though aviary. You can walk in the big aviary about 2.5 acre. It suitable for peoples whom like bird watching.

Fresh water aquarium, it is the center of beautiful and rare about 60 species for education of Fresh water fish.

Children’s zoo the land of happiness for children and family with small domestic and pet animals such as Rabbit, Pony, Turkey children playground. The stuffed animals, education room.

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The star animal : the nice Humboldt penguin in the air-condition’s room, Cape Fur Seal you can see it swim in the swimming pool.

Although there are plenty of exhibits to see, there are a few that stand out above the rest. The highlight is, of course, the panda exhibit. Chuang Chuang and Lin Hui (or Thewan and Thewee as they are known to the Thais) are easily the zoo’s most charismatic and photogenic residents. Their multi-million baht enclosure is designed to accurately simulate the cool mountain climate of their natural home, making it a great place to come and seek refuge from the heat.

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The pandas are at their most active in the morning, romping, wrestling and playing on the structures in their spacious home. If you go in the afternoon they’ll spend as much time watching you as you do watching them. Visiting the pandas is an extra 100 baht for adults and 50 baht for children but the fee is worth it and no visit to the Chiang Mai Zoo is complete with stopping in and observing these fascinating and gentle creatures.

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The Chiang Mai Zoo Aquarium is well worth a visit. 60 species of tropical freshwater fishes, featuring Giant Mekhong Catfish and Striped Catfish, Siamese Giant Carp, Ture Eel. This exclusive arrangement allows fresh water and salt water creatures to coexist under one roof, alongside representative territories from other significant ecosystems. The inspiration for this astonishing concept comes from the great Mekong River “itself an exhibit at the aquarium” as it represent the major waterway that feeds and quenches the thirst of millions of people across the six neighboring countries that its waters sustain.

There are Trams that run the route and they cost an extra 30 Thb/Person