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Wat Ban Den is located in Inthakin village in Mae Taeng district some 45 kilometers North of Chiang Mai city.

Wat Ban Den is an amazingly attractive and unusual Thai Temple. The Abbot, known as Kru Ba Tuang, inherited the Temple in very poor condition and in 1988 he set out to create the most beautiful Thai Temple in the area. He managed to raise huge sums of money, donated by local people and Buddhists from across the country. Abbot Kru Ba Tuang has completely renovated the Wat Ban Den and added a number of impressive structures.

The main Temple building is built with teakwood and granite tiles and is in the Lanna Style. There are many examples of exquisite teakwood carving inside the temple. Although the structures of the Wat are relatively new, they are built in traditional architectural style.

Wat Ban Den is also one of the largest temple complexes in Chiang Mai province. The complex contains a large number of structures including an ordination hall, a viharn, a meditation hall, the kuti or monks living quarters, a drum hall and several other buildings.

In this picture, is the entrance to the magnificent teak wood viharn of the Wat. It is one of the more imposing structures of the Wat Ban Den with distinctive Lanna style and a three tiered roof. The viharn on the whole, is an attractive building with its blue roof and golden bargeboards, decorated with intricate wood carvings as you can see here. I loved the reflection on the shining floor.

I strongly recommend anyone visiting Chiang Mai to visit this new Wat ...

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