Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain), Chiang Mai

Categories: Historic Sites, Museums, Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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See the 17 m (56 ft) tall Buddha guarded by warrior statues and marvel at the 7th century gilded chedis (reliquaries), guarded by giant golden Naga serpants, at Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain). This little-visited mountain temple sits just south of the better-known Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. From a beautifully carved look-out point, enjoy panoramic views of Chiang Mai as hanging bells all around you tinkle in the breeze. Local legends tell of a family of cannibalistic rakshasa (demons) who lived in the area, until Lord Buddha visited the area and converted them to Buddhism by showing them kindness. The temple holds a relic of Lord Buddha's hair, which he supposedly gave to the rakshasa. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Chiang Mai holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain) and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Well, hopped on a "red truck" to go to the top. Was not disappointing! The views are amazing. Its much higher than it seemed. I explored the temple for awhile and found a path that went down past the ...  read more »
  • Unfortunately, the place is pretty crowded, but obviously not only by tourists but also Thais visit the temple here. The parking was pretty crowded and the cars pass through the system and many shops. But yet because of its views, it is worth to visit the temple.
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  • You will need a car or taxi as this is on the mountain overlooking Chang Mai.....having said that we did see some cyclists. We went up the mountain from the car park on the lift and used the amazing s...  read more »
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