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Wat Phra That Doi Saket

Wat Phra That Doi Saket

The Wat Phra That Doi Saket is a glorious ancient Buddhist temple outside of Chiang Mai.

Located in the city’s outskirts, the temple is filled with many different kinds of decorations and paintings that reflect its rich history.

Wat Phra That Doi Saket, Thai Temple, Opening Hours, Address & Attire

The temple is said to have been built in 1112, as legends say that the Lord Buddha arrived in Doi Saket for a short visit. He was visited by the Naka, and he offered his hair for worship purposes. Afterwards, the Lord Buddha disappeared, which resulted in the building of the temple.

The interior walls have been painted with magnificent Buddhist murals by an artist known as Khun Chaiwat Wannanon back in the early ’90s, which makes the temple unique because it is rare for any temple in Thailand to have any modern art.

Many find the style of the temple to be similar to that of Doi Suthep, except that this one is smaller. The entrance here features a steep staircase which leads visitors to the temple. However, the most prominent aspect of the temple is the majestic golden Buddha statue which is visible as far as the road outside that leads to the temple. A monastic school is also found within the temple grounds.

Unlike other temples in the area, this one is special because it’s less touristy, so you won’t have to share the space with hundreds of other travellers. A small museum is also found here, depicting the colourful past of the district.

The Wat Phra That Doi Saket temple is found in the district of Doi Saket, around 30 minutes by car from the Chiang Mai city centre. Doi Saket is a rural district filled with lots of beautiful rice fields, orchards, and tranquil mountain villages that are also worthy of exploring while you’re in the area.

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