Wat Chet Yot (also spelled Wat Jed Yod) in Chiang Mai is a unique and elegant temple located in peaceful green grounds. Built in 1453 to host the eighth World Buddhist Council, it is named for its seven spires.
History of Wat Chet Yot
Wat Chet Yot was built in 1453 during the reign of King Tilokkarat, whose remains are in one of the temple's small chedis. In 1477, it hosted the eighth meeting of the World Buddhist Council, convened to clarify doctrinal matters.
What to See at Wat Chet Yot
Located near a major highway, the grounds of Wat Chet Yot are nevertheless green and peaceful. The temple's architecture is patterned after the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya, India, where the Buddha found enlightenment. The seven spires represent the seven weeks he subsequently spent in meditation there.
The temple also incorporates Thai, Lao, Indian, and Chinese influences, giving it a unique but elegant appearance.
The rectangular base of the pagoda is decorated with 70 weathered bas-reliefs, considered masterpieces of Lanna art. The temple roof can be climbed, but unfortunately only male visitors can enjoy this privilege.