Shinning like a beacon near the summit of Doi Suthep Mountain, the golden chedi of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep has been an important pilgrimage destination for Thai Buddhists since the 14th century.
Legend has it that the temple was founded after the ruler of the Lanna Kingdom placed a remnant of Buddha’s body on the back of a white elephant, and followed the animal through the jungle. When the elephant reached what are now the temple grounds, the creature trumpeted three times and died on the spot. King Keu Naone promptly built the golden chedi and temple to house the holy relic.
Today, Wat Doi Suthep is one of the most highly revered holy places for Buddhists in Thailand, and this busy temple offers meditation courses to travelers on luxury tours in Thailand.
The best weather in Chiang Mai runs from November to January. June to October Rains turn the surrounding area to a lush green dotted with bright flowers, and the highest temperatures fall March through May.
Near the summit of Doi Suthep Mountain, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is best reached by private vehicle from nearby Chiang Mai City. From the parking area, visitors can either surmount the 300 plus steps guarded by the twisting bodies of twin golden Naga carvings, or take a cable car to the monastery.
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is one of the most important religious sights for Buddhists in Thailand, and the well-kept temple grounds and pristine forests surrounding it are popular destinations for the devout and travelers on tours of Thailand.
Appropriate Attire :
While on holy ground in Thailand visitors should dress modestly in clothes that cover their shoulders, arms, and knees.