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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  • Chiangmai is a great city but is is crowded and polluted. This temple is situated in the mountains so it is a respite. You also get a nice view of the city from the top. However, the temple itself is ...  more »
  • What could have been a peaceful and spiritual experience is spoilt by rampant commercialization at this ancient and extensive temple. It does contain Buddha;s relic, but the spiritual impact of that i...  more »
  • Like the view on the questions, very beautiful Chiang Mai city view as well, but I recommend going to the evening because many hot midday afternoon sun may scorch. Don't forget to go on staff! Here the Holy on a steering wheel, a few determined to Jasmine wreath.
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