Attraction Mu Ban Chiang Mai Lake Land Rd, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand Published on: 08-06-2016
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Why Wat Phra That Doi Kham is special ?
Wat Pra That Doi Kham is situated in Tambon Mae Hia, Amphoe Mueang. It is a beautiful temple situated on a lush mountainside near Chiang Mai Town. ‘Wat Phra That’ refers to the fact that this temple houses relics of the Buddha, and ‘Doi Kham’ means ‘Golden Mountain’. The sacred temple was built more than 1300 years ago, in 687 A.D. It had been abandoned, but in 1966 villagers discovered a hidden chamber containing many ancient Buddha images of various sizes, and this find prompted a revitalization.
There is an interesting folktale about Lord Buddha visiting this temple and meeting a rakshasa (demon) family who tried to eat him. Lord Buddha conquered them by sending them his kindness, which they could not stand. The rakshasa family eventually converted, revering our Lord Buddha, and also gave up consuming human flesh.
What to explore at Wat Phra That Doi Kham?
The temple’s courtyard containing the chedi and the viharn is partly enclosed by a gallery lined with square green pillars decorated with golden flower motifs. The gallery contains numerous seated Buddha images in various postures seated on white pedestals surrounded by smaller Buddha images. A number of prayer boxes are placed inside the gallery.
The courtyard contains large numbers of bells and very large gongs that visitors can strike. Several large warriors armed with swords similar to those at the Grand Palace in Bangkok and white lion figures or Singha guard the grounds. The viharn contains beautifully carved window panels, its roof is decorated with Naga bargeboards.
How to get to Wat Phra That Doi Kham?
The Wat Phra That Doi Kham temple is located on top of a mountain South West of Chiang Mai city in Mae Hia sub district almost 10 kilometers from the town center. It is just North of Royal Park Ratchaphruek.
The easiest way to get there is to hire a taxi. Most hotels in Chiang Mai can book one for you. Because of its location away from the city it might not be easy to find a taxi at the temple for the way back, therefore a round trip booking would be convenient. Agree on the price before setting off.
- A must see but come early in the morning
- Lovely temple, serene and peaceful
- Absulutely Fantastic Historical Temple
- One of the more unusual temples ,worth a visit
- Fantastic view of Chiang Mai from the temple
Mu Ban Chiang Mai Lake Land Rd, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
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Feeling great with this temple. First, the road to access there is not too zigzag (compare with other temples in mount) Second, there are a lot of story to discover such as - the house of Grand Pa-Sae and Grand Ma-Sae who used to be fierce giants. Now they calm down for Buddha. Btw:every year there is local ceremony about to sacrifice (not human :) and praying. If you attend with good luck, you will see giant possessing a local guy and he will act very powerful. - statue of Phra Tan-Jai which has been produced same way with one in Myanmar with grand ceremony to make him very respectful. The rule is "You can pray for one thing, once you got it, you must come back to offer Jasmin garland at least 50" Note: I saw a lot of Jasmin there, success rate should be high right? - still having more story, better get tour guide dig up all and speak... Third, the view at top see thou below is great that make me want to walk down to see what is at the bottom hill... Actually I walked down but didn't reach end coz there was so quite and we afraid that we will lost to some of hidden village (the village that having only nice girl and the time is stopped... C u in the future:D So, we walk back up to the temple. Right after that, we realize that the bottom hill is end at house of Grand Pa and Ma which we can wait there for our bus to pick us up (it is a walk entrance) ... @[email protected]"" But I enjoy this a lot.. HaHa
Taking the stairs at your own pace is fantastic. Especially in the morning for a bit of exercise to watch the sun rise.