Towering over the city like a centurion, Doi Sutthep is a constant part of life in Chiang Mai and one of northern Thailand's most well-known temples. It is said that if you haven't experienced the commanding views from Doi Suthep summit, you haven't been to Thailand.
The temple was built in 1383 during the reign of King Keu Naone. Doi Suthep is one of Chiang Mai’s most sacred temples. It is believed that a white elephant, one of the most deeply revered symbols in the Kingdom, chose it as its last resting place. There are several versions of the legend of how the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep was founded. The most popular one has it that a monk from Sukhothai sent a white elephant to wander the mountains with a Buddha relic mounted on its back. When the elephant died, the Wat Suthep temple was built in the place of its death.
Buddha status in Doi Sutthep
Inside the temple, there is a model of the Emerald Buddha and a statue of the Hindu God Ganesh. If the weather is clear, you will have the chance to enjoy some of the most magnificent views over Chiang Mai and the Ping valley, at one of the most sacred and tranquil settings in Thailand.
Note: When visiting the temple, visitors must adhere to local customs by dressing modestly and removing footwear before entering.
A monk spoke with locals in Doi Sutthep backyard.
In addition to visiting Doi Sutthep, you can take a walk to the Forest Restoration Research Unit. The trail will lead you through an evergreen forest whilst your guide tells you the story behind the giant fig tree. The towering tree canopy, Pandanus, ferns and various species of palms are sure to sooth your mind as the gentle breeze makes the forest come alive. It’s an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Forest Restoration Research Unit
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