Wat Ku Tao is a temple located near Chiang Mai municipal stadium, close to Chang Phuak road. It is most famous for its Chedi which is shaped like ‘melons’ or ‘alms bowls’ stacked on top of each other. It is rumored that there are ashes of Burmese royalty (Prince Saravadi) buried inside of the Chedi.
This temple also hosts many Shan State events, including the Shan New Year. Shan is an ethnic group within Burma. In Thailand Shan people are refereed to as ‘thai yai’.
The temple is located in a quiet Thai neighborhood with lots of small ‘mom and pop’ shops. It is worth a visit to see the unusual Chedi and to absorb the quaint surroundings. Shan state new year falls around the middle of November (based on lunar calendar) and if you are in Chiang Mai, it is a festival you do not want to miss!
Photos by David Poppe