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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  • In fact this is one of the most beautiful temples of Thailand. Well worth visiting. We wrote on the blog of the world with you talking about him and with lots of pictures, because here I couldn't climb. But it's worth a lot. We love
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  • very nice staircase with dragons. The day of our visit a monsoon downpour turned it into a torrent. Fortunately there were sellers of raincoats who we allowed cover us your shoulders
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  • For 40 baht is your return trip in the elevator. Stairs is a little more than 300 and for someone who can walk in Netherlands to do very well. Unbelievably beautiful skyline of chang mai outside the temple. Temple itself is also very nice.
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