Situated on Mount Doi Southep, this temple is one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Northern Thailand. With a grandiose view of the northern Thai metropolis of Chiang Mai, a religious center has developed since the 14th century, which has gained world fame with its golden stupa.

Legend has it that a part of Buddha’s shoulder bones was fixed on the back of a white elephant at the behest of the king of the long-pasted kingdom of Lan Na. This elephant walked up to the mountain nowadays called Doi Southep, where he unfortunately died. At the site of his collapse the temple was built in oder to honor him, and also because his walk was regarded as an omen.

309 steps up and you can reach the temple – or you can easily take the rack railway. Up there you do not only have a great view. While the walls revive Buddha’s story through drawings, the imitation of the famous Emerald Buddha in Bangkok and the marble Buddha on the other side of the Chedis are also a feast for the eyes.

Wat Phra Doi Suthep: 309 steps to the sacred temple
Praying mokns in front of the famos golden stupa. A relique of Buddha is said to lie beneath it.
The sky with a golden view.
The imitation of the Emerald Buddha: In earlier times the original used to be in Chiang Mai
The original in Bangkok is not made out of emerald as well. It is jade instead.

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