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Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai

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Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai

The History of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep was built in 1929 by the sixth King Phaya Kue Na of Lanna Kingdom, Meng Rai Dynasty. He respectfully engaged the Lord Buddha's relics that he kept in his shrine for 13 years to the pagoda of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. He took the relics on the back of the elephant and prayed for the sacred place.

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Thai:วัดพระธาตุดอยสุเทพ
Activities:Cultural Sight Seeing
Location:Doi Suthep-Pui National Park
Operating time:08.00 - 18.00
Address:Huai Kaew road, Suthep Sub-district, Amphur Muang, Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, Thailand 50200
Telephone:053 295117-8
Province:Chiang Mai
Region:Northern Thailand
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Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Doi Suthep–Pui National Park


Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai
The elephant walked to the sacred Doi Suthep mountain and showed the significance that this is the most suitable place to keep the sacred relics by acclaiming and walking round for three times.

The king ordered to dig the hole and built the stone platform in the big hole and enshrined the relics down then filled with stones and created 5 meters high pagoda on the cover. Therefore, the ritual of not wearing shoes in the area and no women allowed is applied in order to worship and pay respect to the relics.

In 1538, King Muang Ket Klao, the 12th King of Lanna, renovated the pagoda by expanding the size of pagoda to be 11-feet wide and 6-meters high and put a golden lotus on the pinnacle. Later, his son, Chao Tao Kham Yot, has the gold plate to put round the pagoda.

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Doi Suthep–Pui National Park

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Doi Suthep–Pui National Park

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Doi Suthep–Pui National Park


Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai
In the year 1557, Pra Maha Yanmomgkol, the monk from Asoka Ram of Lamphun has established the Naga staircase up to the pagoda. Moreover, Kruba Siwichai with the respectful villagers built the 11.53 mile-road uphill to the place where the temple located which in order to be easier to the public to go worship the relics.

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep


Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai
On the way up to Wat Phra That Do, Suthep the most sacred monument of Kruba Siwichai was established as another place for the people to worship. Moreover, visitors is able to relax at the beautiful 9-step natural waterfall of Montatarn as well as another sacred temple, Wat Palard, which is the first stop of the secred elephant while took the journey of sacred relics of the legendary inventor of the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.

Ther scenery and beautiful view of the city from a high vantage point is available before take the journey up to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Driving Directions (Road Map): Doi Suthep–Pui National Park Headquarters to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep (Temple)

From Doi Suthep–Pui National Park Headquarters to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep (Temple).

Driving Directions (Road Map): Chiang Mai City Center to Doi Suthep–Pui National Park

From Chiang Mai City Center to Doi Suthep–Pui National Park.

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