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. 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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  • Nice Temple located in the mountains above Chiang Mai from the road to the famed Night Safari. On site outside the temple there are souvenir stalls and produced Thai food as well as drinks. The temple is composed of different structures, different-sized statues, paintings, and other spiritual subjects as well as the rooftop terrace where you can admire Chiang Mai from above. All very crowded by both Thais and foreigners. It is more than recommended to visit.
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  • Nice temple on the hill top with big Buddha. The temple is located on the top of Doi Kham hill, around 20 minutes from city center. Good that we could bring our vehicle up to the top so we didn't have...  more »
  • Is the great Buddha standing that is seen from the Park. Excellent hike say from 8 at lunch time. Keep in mind that aside from a few kiosk there are eateries talking here at the Park. By car it took me about 35 minutes from inside walls to the Park. Between Park and Wat google maps marks a "wrong" dirt road but if you look at where is the Buddha you can correct it. No problem for parking. Bella is the view that the temple. Many of the faithful and a great atmosphere.
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