Wat Ratcha Montien has a slightly Hindu feel to it and is supposedly the only Lanna Buddha in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Wat Ratcha Montien is unique, built on two floors with the ubosot on top and a large hall filled with brightly painted murals of the Buddha’s life underneath. And the whole thing is done in a reddish brown color with tons of cream-colored doodads. Ornate, to say the least, even the monks’ quarters are festooned with fanciful Buddhist imagery.
It appears that most of the monks who call Wat Montien are from Laos which helps explain some of the not that familiar in Thailand architectural accents including a large dok so fa gracing the roofline of the ubosot. There are lots of dragon-looking naga throughout the complex, with plenty of flights of stairs thanks to the temple being built upward as well as outward.
Wat Ratcha Montien
Location: 149 Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200 Thailand