Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price
Address: Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Ticket Price: 30 THB
Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
Timings: 07:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
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About Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai
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.
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Information
- 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.
How To reach Wat Phra That Doi Suthep by Public Transport
- You can take a tuk-tuk or a minibus taxi from the main city.
Restaurants Near Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
- Chiang Mai coffee shop
- Sushi jiro Japanese restaurant
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Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai Reviews
Wat Phrathat is a beautiful place to visit. The temple, with its 309 steps, is already an interesting thing to see, but what makes it really special is the view it offers of Chiang Mai from 700 meters (2300 feet) up. You get get there by car/songthaew/taxi or motorcycle from Chiang Mai in about 45 minutes. If you're feeling brave you can also go up there by bike, as I saw some people do. Once you arrive at the temple you can choose to walk up the 309 steps, or go by cable car if the former isn't a viable option. To enter, foreigners need to pay a small fee. I didn't mind this considering most foreigners see the temple as an attraction rather than a religious site. Also it might comfort you to know that the money is used for, among other things, maintenance, charity work and providing and improving education. It is advised to wear appropriate clothing. This mostly applies to women. If you wear sleeveless shirts or short skirts or pants, you'll have to rent a sarong (a strip of cloth) to cover the "inappropriate" parts. At the bottom of the stairs there are some food stands. Next to the temple there is also a cafe of sorts. If you are in Chiang Mai, I highly recommend you visit Wat Phrathat. It should be noted that it is mostly very crowded with tourists, so you might want to go early if you wish to avoid the business. It is one of the most important temples in Thailand and the view over the city and its airport is absolutely fantastic.
Honestly, this place is nothing special. It takes an hour to get there from the city. Doesn't feel sacred at all, everyone is just telling you to move so they can take a selfie. Sure it looks nice, but just a tiny bit better than the temples in the centre. Way too crowded! Be sure to dress appropriately. Entrance 30 baht. The trip is shorter than it says on google maps. The road up is really good!
This is a really amazing place go visit and I think you're trip to Chiang Mai would be truly incomplete without visiting this temple. Situated high on the mountains, the temple gives an amazing panoramic view of the city down below. The temple itself is stunning with countless gold Buddha. The stairs leading up are quite daunting, I will say. No shame in stopping a few times to catch your breath. Definitely visit this temple, you won't regret it!
Quite impressive complex, i loved the green glass elements. Be aware, very crowded, especially while Buddhist holidays. Don't forget to dress appropriately since this is one of the most important complex where pilgrims come. Impressive view over the city of Chiang Mai. Road leading to the complex is really good. very charming place. You can also have a chat with monks on the side.
One of the holy places by placing on a hill near the city. A long stairway leads to the temple. Very beautiful place, beautiful temple. The road to the temple from the city is new. This road will surely appeal to bikers. On the way, you can stop at a sight-seeing point from where you have nice view of the city. But you also have a beautiful view on Chiang Mai from the temple.