Wat Phra that Doi Suthep temple
Wat Phra that Doi Suthep temple is a Theravada wat in Chiang Mai Province, Thailand. The temple is often referred to as “Doi Suthep” although this is actually the name of the mountain where it’s located. It is a sacred site to many Thai people for many centuries. The temple is said to have been founded in 1383 when the first stupa (Buddha’s remains) was built. And a 24-meter-height golden shining pagoda which is a symbol of the temple was built afterward to cover the Buddha’s remains. A road to the temple was first built in 1935.The temple is 15 kilometres from the city of Chiang Mai.
Over three hundred steps lead from the parking area to the temple grounds, a staircase bordered by the longest naga (water serpent) balustrade in Thailand. Nagas are sacred water serpents which bring good luck as well as bridging the earth and sky.
After three hundred-odd steps, you may well feel like you’ve climbed to the vault of heaven where the breathtaking view of Chiang Mai city can be seen. But don’t despair, if the climb sounds like no fun, the cable cars are also available at the entrane of the temple. (admission: 50 baht)