Located on Doi Suthep, Wat Phra That is a famous Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai that was built in 1383. According to the legend, King Nu Naone of Lan Na placed a bone from the Buddha on a white elephant and released it into the jungle. The elephant is said to have climbed Doi Suthep, trumpeted 3 times, and then died, so the king ordered that a temple be built at the site. The 309 steps in front of the temple are guarded by two dragon sculptures, giving the temple its name. You can ascend the steps to the main hall, in whose center a golden stupa honoring the Shakyamuni Buddha is placed. After the tour, you can go to the observation deck behind the main hall to overlook the entire city of Chiang Mai.
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Wat Phrathat is also known as Ssangyong Temple. This name references the two dragons are on either sides of its steps. This temple is located at the top of Doi Suthep. The peak is surrounded by clouds and mist, and the atmosphere here is cool and fresh. If you go to this temple, don't wear a low-cut top, and make sure that your bottoms end below your knees. On the way up, you will find the outer temple. The inner temple is also well worth a visit. Behind the main shrine is a viewing platform .
Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep was founded in 1383. This legendary temple, with its white elephant shrine, was constructed by the royal household. The stupa in the center is particularly eye-catching. You'll find golden canopies all around, and gilded Buddhist statues in the temple. The temple is said to have been built using 242kg of gold.
“a must visit golden place in Chiang Mai”
I’ve been to Chiang Mai a couple times already but, I never even dare to visit this amazing, majestic and fascinating place - no words can even describe it. People that I encountered both locals and foreigners always told me "you've never been to Chiang Mai, unless you visited Doi Suthep Temple". And I think they're absolutely right. I'm glad that I overcome my laziness and visited this wonder.
It never failed to amaze me and took my breathe away. The gorgeous Chiang Mai city view is superb, the Buddhist temple experienced is beyond, the weather is so perfect, side trips were awesome, it’s very unforgettable. I should've done this the first time I came here.
Chiang Mai | Ssangyong Temple
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