Anyway, the most important thing to do when you think of visiting any temple, is to dress politely. No shorts. No sleeveless shirt. No hats. No slippers. You must acknowledge that temples are religious places, all which people pay respect to. Therefore you need to be careful and behave yourself harmoniously, no matter who you are or where you’re from.
And for those who want to pay respect to ‘Phra Buddha Attharod’, the Lord Buddha statue inside the vihara, feel free to do. There are candles and joss sticks for you at the front. After that, you may continue sitting in the vihara to admire the interior murals and Lanna-style art. You will feel like traveling back to the past.
Then don’t forget to reach the back of the vihara, the zone that got 2 Naga statues. There you will find the highlight of the whole place. It is ‘Chedi Luang’, the very old and huge chedi. This is where the name of the temple came from. Chedi Luang consists of 4 sides, which are all decorated with Lord Buddha statues. Also, there are the statues of white elephant. Even all of these may get eroded, due to the passing time, they still reflect the value of ancient time anyway.
The chedi was ordered by King Saen Muang Ma to enshrine the ashes of his father. Construction began in 1391 and lasted almost a century. When the chedi was finally finished in 1475 during the reign of King Tilokarat it had reached a height of about 85 meters and a width of 44 meters, which made it by far the largest structure of Chiang Mai. In the year 1545 disaster struck when a massive earthquake destroyed much of the chedi. The quake took off some 60 meters from the top of the chedi after which about 60 meters remained. In the 1990’s the chedi was partially restored.