Wat Umong Saun Puthatham is a 700-year-old Buddhist temple nestled against the mountains of Doi Suthep within the modern and creative city, Chiang Mai. The contemporary meets the historical at this meditative sanctuary.
King Manglai of the Lanna Dynasty built this sacred place in 1297. The temple lays within 15 acres of wooded grounds, including the blessed “talking trees”. Altogether, Wat Umong exudes an ambiance of peace that induces transcendental reflection. The Wat itself is most famous for its series of tunnels, which wind throughout the chedi, sculptures and trees. According to legend, the tunnels were built to prevent an elderly monk from wandering away.