Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep Temple
Mueang Chiang Mai District, Doi Suthep, ThailandGetting there
The best way is use one of the numerous Songtaews that regularly leave the city for the temple from the market at the corner of Chotana Road and Manneenopparat Road (outside Changpuak Gate) at a cost of 80 Baht (40 Baht up to the temple and 40 Baht back.More information Prices
Admission 30BOpening hours
Daily from 06:00am-06:00pm
Phrathat Doi Suthep is located on Doi Suthep Mountain with the height nearly 1,700 meters above sea level and exists more than 600 years old. Through many fixed and rebuilt times, Phrathat Doi Suthep becomes extremely beautiful, attracts a lot of tourists to visit now.
Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep temple was built in 1383, originally just a huge stupa temple and it will be extended later. The temple has a history of over 600 years so it also has a large change.
In the past, if you wanted to go to the temple from the foot of the temple spent at least five hours with a narrow street. Until 1934, the numbers of tourists visited the temple grew up, the monk - Kruba Srivichai comes to Chiang Mai performed a project of making a road to the temple. This new spread rapidly, many Buddhists concentrated and contributed to building the road.
Since the completion of making the road to the temple of Buddhists completely,all over Thailand and internationally Buddhists come to worship and it become one of the most sacred temples in Chiang Mai
History of Phrathat Doi Suthep pagoda
This temple was built on 1 legend. Sumanathera (a monk) had a dream that Buddhist monks must find relics of the Buddha. Buddha monk had arrived and found a piece of shoulder bone of the Buddha. Relics are miracles, it emits light, can disappear, can self-moving and self-replicating.
Sumanathera brought relics for King – Dharammaraj.The King welcomed Professor Sumanathera solemnly; but when relics were not shown any more miracles. Because of suspecting that was not relics of However, King - Nu Naone of Lanna kingdom (Chiang Mai today) heard about this relics and asked monk gave it to him. In 1368, with the permission of King Dharammaraja that relics brought to King Nu Naone. Immediately relics divided into two parts by itself, a part of the same size, another smaller part. Smaller part was stored at Wat Suan Dok .The other part was placed on a white elephant by the king. The elephant was released into the forest and the legend said that this elephant climbed up Doi Suthep Mountain, roared three times already dead. This was regarded as omens where relics be kept, so the king built the temple Nu Naone here at the end of the fourteenth century.
Structure of Phrathat Doi Suthep pagoda
Phrathat Doi Suthep has impressive architecture both inside and outside. This temple is made of special material, plated with gold and granite, creating gorgeous sparkle. You will see two large dragons in the aisle which is unique portrayed. Their heads rise to the sky to symbolize the respect and yield with certain omnipotence.
In the campus of the temple has a large tower, which is located in the center of Prathat Wat temple. This temple is also covered with the shiny gold layer. This is the role of storage of bone fragments, relics of the Buddha. Around the tower are two bronze canopy, shining with the Buddha statues pretty small relics are decorated everywhere. Besides, this region also has the special bell wire, yellow, many names engraved visitors from everywhere.
How to get there
Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep is 15 kilometers from Chiang Mai. Probably the easiest way to get there is to use one of the numerous Songtaews that regularly leave the city for the temple from the market at the corner of Chotana Road and Manneenopparat Road (outside Changpuak Gate) at a cost of 80 Baht (40 Baht up to the temple and 40 Baht back.
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