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Home >> Thailand >> Chiang Mai >> Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Location: KM.14, Srivivhai Rd, Suthep, Mueang Chiang Mai
Entry fee: 30 Baht
Opening time: 08:00-17:00
Recommended time for a visit: 1-2 hours

Wat Phra Doi Suthep is a famous Buddhism summer resort in Thailand located on the hillside of Doi Suthep Mountain. Doi Suthep Mountain, a famous tourist site in North Thailand and a Buddhism holy land, is the mark of Chiang Mai and the home to Phu Ping Palace, the temporary imperial palace for Thailand kings in summer. Suthep, which means immortals in Thai language, stands more than 900 meters high and is picturesque with blooming flowers, luxuriant trees and fancy rocks, simultaneously offering a magnificent overlook of Chiang Mai City on its top.

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, seen clearly everywhere in Chiang Mai, is a pure Thailand-style temple which was said to be built in 1383 by King Keu Naone. According to the legend, a Ceylon monk brought some Buddha relics to Thailand, which was hidden on a white elephant in case of being robbed. After arrival in Thailand, the white elephant wandered at will and finally stopped at the present location of the temple; whereupon, the king built the temple on the site to enshrine the Buddha’s relics.

Known as Double Dragon Temple, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep had two awe-inspiring dragons guard on the two sides of the mountain road. The two dragons, each with 7 heads and inlaid with stained glass sheet and fan-shaped colored glaze tiles, bordering 306 steps and extending more than 150 meters to the gate of the Buddhist temple.  

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep had gold make the canopy, cover the Buddha, shrine and roof, its golden lights are so striking and it is said that the gold used in Wat Phra That Doi Suthep weight about 242.2 kg in total. The temple is believed quite efficacious and appeals a multitude of devotees every year.

There are three treasures in the temple of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. The first is the Sarira of Gautama Buddha enshrined in the 20-meter-high huge golden pagoda located in the center of the temple which was built in 16th century. The second is a lotus-shaped crystal on the top of the pagoda which was granted by the king and enveloped by gems donated by pilgrims. The last is the statue of Gautama Buddha enshrined in the main hall of the temple.

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