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Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep is one of the holiest Buddhist Temples in Northern Thailand. Its location overlooks Chiang Mai City from the mountain slopes.

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Chiang Mai Temples

As a very religious Buddhist country, Thailand literally has thousands of temples, with hundreds of them in and around Chiang Mai.

Temples (known as “Wats”) are one of the most popular tourist attractions whilst visiting Chiang Mai, with many temples hundreds of years old.

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The most prominent of all Chiang Mai Temples Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. Located at the peak of Mount Suthep, history has it that the temple was built in the 14th century. Look out for the replica of the Emerald Buddha, a statue whose original piece is found in Thailand’s capital.

Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phra Singh are two other prominent temples which are located right in the heart of the old city. Both built in the 14th century, these historic temples are a great way to learn more about Buddhism and Thai culture.

The most famous attraction in Chiang Rai is probably the White Temple (Wat Rong Khun). This temple was designed and built by artist Chaloemchai Khositphiphat in 1998 and building still continues today. Visitors will be enthralled by the detail contained in each of the buildings on site. The temple is covered in mosaic style with glass covering every square inch. This gives a dazzling impression with the temple glistening in the sun.

One of the most sacred temples in Chiang Rai is Wat Phra That Doi Chom Thong. Built in the year 940, this temple has a number of buildings including a golden pagoda and a Chedi which is the focal point of the compound.

As with all temples in Thailand, visitors must ensure they are dressed respectfully. This includes covering knees, shoulders and midriffs.



Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Suthep, Mueang Chiang Mai

Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep is one of the holiest Buddhist Temples in Northern Thailand. Its location overlooks Chiang Mai City from the mountain slopes.

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Wat Chedi Luang

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