Buddhist Manuscript Library and Museum
The Buddhist Manuscript Library and Museum at Chedi Luang temple is a fascinating destination for those with a deeper interest in Theravada Buddhism and palm leaf manuscripts. The museum provides a wealth of information about these subjects and is well-maintained, with historic pictures exhibited on the ground floor and information about palm leaf manuscripts on the first floor.
Sober and beautiful old Ubosot
The old ordination hall, or ubosot, of Wat Chedi Luang is located behind the giant chedi and dates back to 1883. It underwent several renovations in 1948 and 1997 and is a beautiful example of simplicity in temple architecture. The ubosot is not in use anymore, but is worth exploring for its historical significance and beauty.
The City Pillar (Sao Inthakin)
The city pillar, or Sao Inthakin, of Chiang Mai is housed in a small building on the temple grounds and is believed to protect the city and grant fertility to the people. A festival in honor of the city pillar takes place every year in May and lasts for 6 to 8 days. Women are not allowed to enter the building housing the city pillar “because they menstruate,” according to an information board placed next to the building.