King Saen Muang Ma started to built Wat Chedi Luang, or as it originally was called Phra Chedi Luang, in the 14 century.
He wanted to enshrine the ashes of his father. however the wat was first finished by KingTilokaraj in the 15 century, almost a hundred years later. Wat Chedi Luang was tallest structure in Chiang Mai for over 500 years. In 1545 the Wat was partially destroyed in an earthquake.
Before the earthquake the chedi was 90 meters high. Wat Chedi Luang was restored in 1990s, financed by Japanese government and UNESCO, and now the chedi is 60 meters high. The wat is located in the centre of the old city, inside the city walls.
To day Wat Chedi Luang is a major tourist attraction, and it is not without reason, it is really a worth a visit.
Another interesting thing about a visit to the wat is that there is a centre of Buddhism in connection with the temple. Here you have the opportunity to talk with the monks about how it is to be a Buddhist monk and about the monks daily life, and about Buddhism in general.
The area where you talk with the monks is outside the centre, in the shadow under the trees. There is even a sign saying â€œDo not only stand at a distance and look, but please come and speak with us, and we will tell you about our lives as buddhist monksâ€