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Wax Figure of Mun Bhuridatta, Wat Chedi Luang

Life-like wax figure and relics of Ajaan Mun Bhuridatta Mahathera (มั่น ภูริทตฺโต), former Abbot of Wat Chedi Luang. Ajaan Mun (1870–1949) and his mentor, Phra Ajaan Sao Kantasilo Mahathera, established the conservative Thai Forest Tradition (Kammatthana) within Theravada Buddhism. This was in reaction to a perception that modernization had compromised the ideals of monastic life (sangha). They believed it was necessary to take to the forest in order to, like the Buddha, conform to the ways of nature (abhiñña) and attain direct knowledge (samsara) through meditation. Ajaan Mun attracted a large following of students willing to follow monastic discipline (vinaya) and observe the 13 classic ascetic (dhutanga) practices. (Brian K. Smith photo.)

Wat Chedi Luang is one of the most important temples, and the largest religious structure, in Chiang Mai. King Saen Muang Ma began its construction in 1395 to enshrine the remains of his father. However, it wasn't completed until the reign of King Tilokarat (1441-1485). In 1468, the highly revered Emerald Buddha was brought from Lampang and installed in the eastern niche. An earthquake in 1545 caused the top 30 metres of the chedi to collapse. The Emerald Buddha was then moved to Luang Prabang in 1547 when Prince Setthathirath became king of Lan Xang. An oversized black jade replica, called Phra Phut Chaloem Sirira (Phra Yok), now occupies the niche, after it was created for the 600th anniversary of the temple in 1995.

Wat Chedi Luang
103 Phrapokklao Road
Tambon Phrasing, Amphoe Muang
Chiang Mai, Thailand

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47/1 Nimmanhemin Road, Soi 9
T. Suthep, A. Muang
Chiang Mai, Thailand 50000
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