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

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. Put Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain) into our Chiang Mai trip maker site and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • October 1, 2017
    This place take around 40 minutes from Chiang mai town by car. On the top of the mountain is the location of the temple and from the temple you can see nice view. But the high-light is when you visit ...  more »
  • September 28, 2017
    A nice place to relax and enjoy a more spiritual side to Thai culture. We enjoyed walking quietly around the grounds.  more »
  • September 23, 2017
    The temple not far from the town of Chaingmai.very nice temple.everybody like come here for blessing and pray for the bhudda  more »

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