Apr 29, 2014

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep วัดพระธาตุดอยสุเทพ:
A holy Place choosen by a White Elephant

See the location on Chiang Mai Temples Google Map

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The Chedi

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, about 15 kilometers from Chiang Mai, is an important pilgrimage destination among Thais. And according to their legend a sacred white elephant has choosen the place for this temple: A part of a Buddha relic was placed on his back. The elephant climbed up the Suthep Mountain, trumpeted three times, knelt down and died. This was taken as a sign by King Ku Naone: He built the chedi on Doi Suthep from 1386 onward. The temple on 1053 meters above sea level is also a great lookout, from where you see Chiang Mai and its surroundings. A naga staircase of 309 steps is leading up to the temple. And if you don't feel fit enough, there is a funicular.

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Monks are praying

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