Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep the most sacred temples of Chaingmai.
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is certainly one of the most important temples in Chiang Mai, as well as one of the most revered among all Thais. The temple is a major visit destinations during the important Buddhist holidays of Makha Buja and Visak. Its importance, as well as its location, owes much to the legend of its founding.Doi suthep temple was established in 1383 by King Keu Na one to enshrine a piece of bone said to be from the shoulder of the historical Buddha. The holy bone shard was brought to Lanna by a wandering monk from Sukhothai kingdom and it broke into two pieces at the base of the mountain, with one piece being enshrined at Wat Suan Dok. The second piece was on a sacred white elephant that wandered the jungle until it died, in the process selecting the spot where the temple was later founded.
Doi suthep temple grew and changed in the 600 years since its founding. In particular, it was extensively renovated in the economic “boom” years of the early 1990s. From our certainly western viewpoint, a lot of the charm has been lost as everything was covered in stone and gold. However, the temple remains an important sight that first-time visitors to Chiang Mai shouldn’t miss.The Gold Pagoda site in a rather small courtyard at the very peak of the suthep mountain. The courtyard building sits on a larger plaza containing several buildings as well as a lookout point from which you can see, weather permitting, all of Chiang Mai and the surrounding plain.
Among the buildings on the plaza is a small museum displaying old pieces of temple wares as well as some of the more ancient or unique monetary donations to the doi suthep temple. Note that before entering the courtyard containing the Gold Pagoda, you must remove your shoes. You must also be dressed appropriately, although the temple can provide some clothing on loan to cover up your naughty knees and slinky shoulders.
Doi suthep Temple private tour in early morning ( less tourist time)
Doi Suthep temple private day trip tour( normal Day trip time )
Doi suthep private tour in the evening time