Wat Phra That Chom Kitti – Chiang Rai

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Wat Phra That Chom Kitti sits on the top of hill alongside Wat Chom Chaeng, which is of more recent vintage. The most notable structure of Wat Phra That Chom Kitti is its crooked chedi, which contains a fragment of the Buddha relic that was split into three and divided amongst this site, Wat Phra That Doi Chom Tong in Chiang Rai, and Wat Phra That Doi Tung in Chiang Saen.

The temple was practically in ruins until recently. It has been re-consecrated with a new wiharn and made a royal temple. There are actually two temples on two levels of the mountain-top. At the lower level is Wat Chom Chaeng, with a small ancient brick chedi and a relatively modern ubosot.
The ubosot is a beautiful example of the Chiang Saen style, with an intricately detailed gable. The platform of the ubosot affords a great view of Chiang Saen and the Mekhong River. Inside is a large Buddha image sitting under an artificial Bodhi tree.
You reach the big chedi of Wat Phrathat Chom Kitti on the upper level by climing a naga stairway up to the platform of the chedi, which also holds a rather make-shift wiharn. The chedi sits on a square base with standing Buddha images in niches on each of the four sides. Although a lot of the decorative elements have broken off, the Buddhas retain some rather interesting features.
At the base of the hill on which Wat Phrathat Chom Kitti sits there is a sacred well said to have curative powers. The well is a short way off the main road. Its watched over by a large contemporary Buddha image. Note that women are not supposed to go near the well.

Located approximately 1.7 kilometres from town, this hilltop temple has a pagoda containing a Buddha relic.

 

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