Discover Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep - Chiang Mai
For travellers, who marvel at the architectural designs of different structures and immerse themselves with the spiritual culture of the locals, then the city of Chiang Mai should definitely be in their list. Though Thailand itself boasts around 40,717 Buddhist temples, the ones in this city are some of the most beautiful and most important ones in the country. If you are having difficulty with choosing which temples to visit first, Trip Guru suggests that you start with Wat Buppharam, Wat Suan Dok, or Wat U-Mong.
Unlike most Buddhist temples that are built to look like a needle pointing to the sky, Wat Buppharam’s structure definitely stands out. It consists of an ubosot, two viharns, a Dhamma hall, a chedi, as well as a well that supplies holy water thus, giving travellers more reason to walk about its halls to visit the marvelous attractions it has in store. The Dhamma hall is simply a site to behold because interior portions of this structure, reveals Thailand’s artistic and historical culture. At the entrance, two Hindu mythological creatures, known as the Makaras, are guarding the sanctity of the halls. Around the the first floor, magnificent mural paintings are displayed, whilst a gorgeous view of Chiang Mai can be seen on the second floor. 16 minutes from Wat Buppharam lies, Wat Suan Dok. This Buddhist temple is known for its bell shaped chedi which stands 48 meters high, and one of the perfect places to practice meditation. The path that leads to the golden chedi is surrounded by white washed mausoleums, which carries the cremated ashes of the members of the royal family of Chiang Mai. Wat U-Mong, on the other hand, is about 8 minutes away from Wat Suan Dok. This unique location projects a magical ambiance, which entices both new and returning visitors. Built on the foothills of Suthep Mountain, it surrounds itself with trees, however, the most sought after attraction of this temple is its tunnels, which once kept a crazy monk from wandering off or so the legend says.
These three temples are just some of the many temples that can be visited in Chiang Mai. Travelers are easily enticed to visit as many as they can in a day, and prefer to walk to their destination rather than taking transportation. Because of the active surroundings, it is highly likely that they will be constantly entertained. However, to truly experience the wonders of the temple of Chiang Mai, one must remember to dress appropriately.
Trip Guru would like to remind fellow travelers that these attractions are not just for show. They are, first and foremost, a sacred structure, and must be treated as such. It is best that you wear something that covers your shoulders, legs, and feet. Also, if ever you encounter a monk it is highly discouraged to converse with them, for it may distract them from their meditation.
What our experts tell about this experience.
Wat Prahat Doi Suthep is my favourite place in Chiang Mai, one of the best temples in Thailand. The temple was built in 1383 and you can actually drive uphill to the higher platform but a lot of devout Buddhists choose to pilgrim by walking 290 steps up to the hilltop. After praying the Phra That for good lucks, don not forget to proceed to the terrace to soak up panoramic views of Chiang Mai town and surrounding countrysides.
It was a real nice place to visit. Climbing the 300 or so steps was no problem, cause once you get to the top.. you'll forget about all the tiredness you feel. The weather up here is great. To me it's not just a tourist attraction. But it's really worth the visit. I don't know how to actually define the sensation of it here but I love it! A must come and see for yourself! Great view great people! Great energy! :)
All the climbing and tiredness you feel while trying to get to the top will be worthwhile! It's a beautify site and peaceful too! The pictures don't have to be edited even if you're a bad photographer such as me. Wat Prathat has it's own natural beauty. Got to say that girls, cover yourselves. Don't be showing too much skin. They are awesomely strict about it here. Got agreat view of Chiang Mai and will travel here again.. Will bring my mother this time.. She's healthy enough and for her, she'd love the challenge of a long climb but with a rewarding view! Will be back soon!