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Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

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Attractions Details

📌 Address

Suthep, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand

Opening Hours

6:00 AM - 8:00 PM

💸 Entrance Fee

THB 50

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"For a truly magical experience at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, arrive early in the morning before the crowds, and take the time to climb the 309 steps to the top. The serene atmosphere and breathtaking sunrise view will make it all worth it."

What is Wat Phra That Doi Suthep?

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is a Buddhist temple located on Doi Suthep mountain in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Situated about 1,676 meters above sea level, this sacred temple offers breathtaking views of the surrounding city and countryside. It is considered one of the most important and revered temples in all of Thailand.

History of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Legend has it that the temple was founded in 1383. According to the story, a monk found a bone fragment believed to be from the shoulder of Gautama Buddha. The fragment was said to have magical powers and could glow, disappear, and multiply. In order to find a suitable location for the relic, the monk tied the bone fragment to the back of a sacred white elephant and released it into the jungle. The elephant climbed up Doi Suthep mountain and circled around before finally trumpeting three times and then lying down. Taking this as a sign, the temple was built on that spot.

When planning your tours in Chiang Mai don't forget to visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.

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Why is Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Important?

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep holds great significance for the Thai people and Buddhism. It is considered one of the holiest temples in the country and is a major pilgrimage site for Buddhists. The temple's stunning architecture, intricate details, and religious artifacts make it a place of spiritual reverence and cultural importance.

Things to do & see at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

  • The Golden Chedi: The temple's golden chedi, or pagoda, is its most iconic feature. Standing at 24 meters tall, it is adorned with ornate carvings and contains a relic of Buddha.

  • The Naga Serpent Staircase: Visitors can climb a grand staircase guarded by intricately carved Naga serpents to reach the temple. The staircase is lined with colorful prayer flags and offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding area.

  • The Viharn: The temple's main assembly hall, called the Viharn, houses beautiful artwork, statues, and murals depicting Buddhist stories and teachings.

  • The Terrace: From the temple's terrace, visitors can enjoy panoramic views of Chiang Mai, including the cityscape, lush mountains, and distant villages.

  • The Meditation Center: For those seeking a deeper spiritual experience, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep offers meditation retreats and courses taught by experienced monks.

Aside from these main attractions, the temple complex also includes smaller chedis, bells, statues, and shrines that visitors can explore. There are also shops selling religious artifacts, souvenirs, and local handicrafts.

Visiting Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is an unforgettable experience that allows visitors to immerse themselves in Thai culture, spirituality, and natural beauty.

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Whether it's witnessing the grandeur of the golden chedi, marveling at the intricate artwork, or simply enjoying the peaceful atmosphere, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to Chiang Mai.

Frequently asked questions

What is Wat Phra That Doi Suthep?

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is a Buddhist temple located on Doi Suthep mountain in Chiang Mai, Thailand. It is one of the most sacred and popular temples in Northern Thailand.

How do I get to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep?

You can reach Wat Phra That Doi Suthep by driving or taking a red songthaew (shared taxi) from Chiang Mai city. The temple is approximately 15 kilometers away and can be reached via a winding road up the mountain.

What is the significance of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep?

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is believed to enshrine a relic of the Buddha and is considered one of the holiest sites in Thailand. The temple offers stunning views of Chiang Mai city and is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists.

Can I enter Wat Phra That Doi Suthep as a non-Buddhist?

Yes, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is open to visitors of all religions. However, it is important to dress modestly and follow temple etiquette. Visitors are required to remove their shoes before entering the temple buildings.

What are the main attractions at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep?

The main attractions at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep include the golden chedi (stupa), the beautiful murals depicting the life of the Buddha, the statues of mythical creatures, and the panoramic views of Chiang Mai from the temple grounds.

Attractions Details

📌 Address

Suthep, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand

Opening Hours

6:00 AM - 8:00 PM

💸 Entrance Fee

THB 50

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