There is much for you to discover in Thailand

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Chiang Mai

Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, or locally called as Doi Suthep, is arguably a landmark of Chiang Mai. It is a Buddhist temple located on top of a 1676-meter high mountain with the same name. It is one of the most sacred sites in Thailand.

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai

The temple has gone through several renovations for the past 600 years but remains its charms. The original copper plated spire shrine (chedi) is the centerpiece of this Buddhist monastery. The monastery compound consists of pagodas, ornate Buddha statues, bell towers, Hindu shrines and monks’ assembly hall. Mural paintings on the wall depict Buddha’s life and his teaching. Metal bells that line the outside wall of the temple’s buildings are believed to bring blessing to those who ring them. There is also a model of the Emerald Buddha and a statue of the Hindu God.

Doi Suthep temple is about 15 km from the city of Chiang Mai. To reach the temple requires a climb up a Naga (Serpent) staircase of 309 steps. There is a large market of food stalls, jade factories and souvenir shops at the base of the stair. Visitors are requested to take off their shoes when entering the holy square where the spire Chedi is located.

From the temple impressive views of Chiang Mai can be seen from the temple’s terrace. Nowadays, the temple is an important sight that first-time visitors to Chiang Mai shouldn’t miss. Views of Chiang Mai can be seen on the other side of the temple.