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Lovely atmosphere

I have visited this temple several times. It is unusual for a couple of reasons. First of all its "pile of water melons" pagoda. Secondly there is only a single, somewhat... read more

Reviewed 31 January 2017
United Kingdom
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United Kingdom
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53 reviews
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Reviewed 31 January 2017

I have visited this temple several times. It is unusual for a couple of reasons. First of all its "pile of water melons" pagoda. Secondly there is only a single, somewhat hidden sign in English. They don't expect or get many western visitors. My visits to this place have all been different experiences From the tranquility of having the place... More 

Thank Buncrew
London, United Kingdom
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742 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016

This temple is packed with interest. The chedhi built in the early 17th century is of remarkable design appearing as five water-melons stacked in diminishing size like a wedding cake. The name of the temple "Tao" means water-melon in the northern dialect. It houses the remains of a Burmese prince and son of the local ruler. Some sources state that... More 

Thank Nomadman411978
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114 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2015

This temple is about a five minute walk from the Chang Pruek bus station. It is a very quiet corner of the city. It is a Burmese Shan style temple. It has a very different style compared to the Thai temples. I have passed this temple during a fair and the people were immaculately dressed in traditional styles of clothing.

2 Thank Peter J
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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1,100 reviews
654 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 467 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2015

The temple is a Burmese (Shan) style temple and has an extremely unusual and interesting stupa. Certainly worth your time, as it is a quiet and unique temple in Chiang Mai.

1 Thank tombillinge
Jurong East, null, Singapore
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54 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 June 2014

Wat Ku Tao means "watermelon temple" in English. The wat got its unusual name from its atypical watermelon-shaped pagoda. The pagoda was built in 1613 in the shape of five guards of various sizes and adorned with coloured porcelain, which is meant to represent five Lord Buddhas. While some people think that the pagoda, or chedi, bears a resemblance to... More 

Eichenau b. München, Deutschland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2013

Just a few minutes away from a busy thoroughfare but quiet and peaceful. Some information about the relevant Budha poses for the various days of the week.

Thank John D
Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Reviewed 23 February 2013

Wat Ku Tao is a beautiful, original temple of Chiang Mai located in the heart of the Shan community of CM. Shan's are one of the ethnic groups of refugees from Shan State Burma who have settled in and around CM in the heart of an area that has historically been home to them. All of the Shan and Burmese... More 

3 Thank FreeBirdCafe
Chiang Mai
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 May 2012

I'll start by saying I don't mean other temples are fake. What I mean is at Wat Gu Dtao, you'll never see a 'falang', white tourist, a camera, an I-Phone or a group tour. This temple doesn't dazzle and it's razzle-dazzle tourists want. I'm there almost every morning the months that I'm in Chiang Mai because it is, as others... More 

5 Thank PadovaChiangMai
Chiang Mai, Thailand
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19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2012

Special Chedi and humurous abbot very well kept, clean and quiet

Thank rebelplatoon
Dublin, Ireland
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128 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 278 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 December 2011

Wat Ku Tao is a highly unusual chedi thought to have been built in 1613 to hold the ashes of Prince Saravadi (1578-1607), the first Burmese overlord of Chiang Mai.

1 Thank AnnaKurcinova

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