Wat Jet Yot

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Wat Jet Yot information

Location
Chiang Mai , Thailand
Address
Rte 11/Th Superhighway
Prices
donations appreciated
Opening hours
8.30am-5pm
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Beyond Rte 11 in the north of the city, this historic wát still has much of its original stucco intact, and gives a strong impression of what other wát in the city would have looked like in their heyday. The monastery was built to host the eighth World Buddhist Council in 1477, and its historic wí·hăhn is decorated with time-worn stucco bas reliefs of deva (angelic Buddhist spirits).

Topped by jèt yôrt (seven spires), representing the seven weeks Buddha spent in Bodhgaya in India after his enlightenment, the old wí·hăhn is believed to be a replica of Bodhgaya's Mahabodhi Temple, but scholars believe that the plans were copied from a clay votive tablet showing the temple in distorted perspective.

Dotted around the compound are more chapels and chedi, as well as lots of mature ficus trees propped up with wooden stakes by devotees seeking merit.