Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain), Chiang Mai
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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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  • Went back to Thailand after 25 years and this was my first visit to Chiang Mai, directly from the airport our driver took us to this impressive temple. It was a Sunday and lots of people were there wo...  more »
  • A very beautiful temple located on the hill. You can enjoy the architecture and also the breadth taking view of the city. 
  • We had pleasant drive up to the Mountains to the Temple there were a lot of Tourist up there when we arrived for people who can't walk up the 300 Stairs they have a lift that can take you up & bring y...  more »