Wat Ku Tao

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Wat Ku Tao
วัดกู่เต้า
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Religion
AffiliationBuddhism
SectTheravada Buddhism
DistrictMueang Chiang Mai District
ProvinceChiang Mai Province
Location
MunicipalityChiang Mai
CountryThailand
Wat Ku Tao is located in Thailand
Wat Ku Tao
Shown within Thailand
Geographic coordinates18°48′09″N 98°59′19″E / 18.802366°N 98.988744°E / 18.802366; 98.988744Coordinates: 18°48′09″N 98°59′19″E / 18.802366°N 98.988744°E / 18.802366; 98.988744

Wat Ku Tao (Thai: วัดกู่เต้า; "Temple of the Gourd Pagoda") is a Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The temple was built in 1613 to enshrine the remains of Nawrahta Minsaw, the first Burmese ruler of Lan Na.[1] The temple is known for its distinctive chedi, which was built in the Yunnanese style, arranged in a series of five diminishing spheres that represent the five historical and future Buddhas.[1] The temple presently caters to Chiang Mai's Shan community.[2]

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  1. ^ a b Freeman, Michael (2001). Lanna: Thailand's Northern Kingdom. Thames & Hudson. ISBN 9780500976029.
  2. ^ Eberhardt, Nancy (2009-05-01). "Rite of Passage or Ethnic Festival? Shan Buddhist novice ordinations in northern Thailand". Contemporary Buddhism. 10 (1): 51–63. doi:10.1080/14639940902968913. ISSN 1463-9947.

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