Wat Chedi Jed Yod Temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Wat Chedi Jed Yod temple or วัดเจ็ดยอดพระอารามหลวง is similar to Wat Mahabodhi at Bodh Gaya in India. The podium of the stupa was decorated with angel statues. Outside the building was decorated with various angel statues in sitting cross-legged position and full-dressed standing. There is the Pagoda of King Ti Lokaraja. When King Ti Lokaraja died in year 1487 when Prince Yord Chiangrai, King Ti Lokaraja’s son who succeeded the throne and built the pagoda containing the cremains to his father.

The next place is Sata Mahasathan, the seven significant places in the biography of the Buddha: Bodhi Throne, Animit Stupa, Ratana Jonggrom Stupa, Ratanakara Stupa, Achapal Nikrot Stupa, Raja Yatana Stupa, and Mujalinta Stupa. Nowadays, only Animit Stupa, Ratanakara Stupa, and Mujalinta Stupa remain in the temple.

The historical significance of this temple was in the era of King Ti Lokaraja when buddhism was flourishing, the King supported Singhol (Langkawong) Buddhism and Dhamma studies. The monks therefore specialized in Bali language.

In year 1477, a senior monk conference was held to revise the Tipikata at Wat Photaram Maha Vihara (Wat Jed Yord nowadays) which was completed in one year. This is the eighth time of the world Tipikata revision and the first time in of Tipikata revision in Thailand. This was the tradition of monks in Lanna.

About the monastery is the first monastery of Wat Jed Yord was built at the place of King Yord Chiangrai cremation in the era of King Muang Kaew, the twelfth king of Mang Rai Dynasty and the son of King Ti Lokaraja. Behind the monastery is King Ti Lokaraja’s monumental stupa. It is obvious that Wat Chedi Jed Yord has a historical significance with exquisite architecture of this temple is worth to respect and visit.

The temple is on the super Highway of Chiang Mai – Lampang province, Amphoe Mueang, Chiang Mai

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