Wat Phra That Doi SuthepCurrently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
- Address: Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai, Thailand
- Timings: 07:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: 053-295003
- Ticket Price: 30 THB
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Religious Site, Temple, View Point, Statue, Family And Kids, Monastery
A must see, on any visit to Chiang Mai, is the wondrous and holy temple of Wat Phra That which is located near the top of Doi Suthep (Mount Suthep). Built as a Buddhist monastery in 1383 it is still a working monastery today, this breathtaking architecture, statues, murals and shrines will definitely make you pause and have a better look.
The intricately carved 300 steps of the mythical Naga Serpent Staircase will take you to the site where you will marvel at the top of a golden spire that decorates the centre of the temple. The historical murals and shrines decorate the walls of the mini enclave and have a alluring emerald Buddha statue on display.
Outside this central enclave area you will find the shrine to the White Elephant and the story of how the temple on Doi Suthep was founded. There is a wide walkway around the main temple which leads you to a large viewing terrace with terrific views down over Chiang Mai, weather permitting. Just past the viewing terrace is one of the world’s largest gongs, which makes an earthly rich sound when struck. Give it a try, it is allowed.
- Camera is allowed everywhere except for the main prayer hall of the temple.
- Lift and cable car facility is available for those who do not wish to take the climb of 300 steps.
- It is a religious place, so try to keep intact the sanctity of the place and make way for the local devotees.
- The climb can be tiring, so it is best to carry a water bottle.
- You can take a tuk-tuk or a minibus taxi from the main city.
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93.85% of people who visit Chiang Mai include Wat Phra That Doi Suthep in their plan
08 AM - 09 AM
58.3% of people start their Wat Phra That Doi Suthep visit around 08 AM - 09 AM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
93.9% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Beautiful place. It’s very busy during the day, so if you plan to visit make sure you start driving around 3:30 or 4pm. The temple a real treat for photographers. So many incredible photos I got there. Plus you get some jaw dropping views of Chiang Mai city from above. You will have to hustle a bit to walk up the steps. But as soon as you reach the top you will be greatly rewarded. I love this place!
If you want to enjoy this temple, go early in the morning, not later than 8am. Entrance fee. 30BAHT. 309 steps from the parking area to the temple's entrance. Cons about this temple. Thousands of people visiting the temple, it is overcrowded and therefore very overwhelming. For a lot of tourist it is another Buddhist atraction and they don't respect the basic rules. No photos to monks. All the serenity and spiritually is lost with that behavior. Leave your phone in your pocket for once and try to enjoy this sacred places. On the other hand, it is a very beautiful temple with amazing views.
Stunning, beautiful sacred temple. We were there on Buddha day, an amazing experience. Cable car available to the top. Highly recommend. You might negotiate a good price with a reliable taxi driver called Mi near the Un Irish Pub in old Chiang Mai City to take you on a day trip to the temple & the village. Old car but skilled driver.
Such a beautifully temple! We were mainly here for the view as we got here during sunset. 50 Baht gets you access to temple area and elevator. Subtract 20 Baht if you take the stairs. Pretty busy as it’s a popular area so get ready for a tougher time getting photos.
We took a cab there in the morning, and made a deal with the driver for him to pick us up 3 hours later. We ate at the base of the temple. We had about 2 hours to see the temple which was adequate. Very picturesque and serene.