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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. PutWat 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.
Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain) reviews
The drive up the mountain was about an hour from Chiang Mai. I was a bit windy but fabulous scenery. Great place to visit. more »
Good place for visiting. Recommend to go during winter time in Thailand to feel cold wind blowing through. The temple is Thai-Lanna style decoration enriched with Thai-Northern cultures. Moreover... more »
A must visit temple. Far from downtown so take a cab or take a tour to her here. It has very impressive big Buddha statues. It’s located on top of the mountain so you can overview the town below. It really has nice green view!
I don't have a religious perspective on this, but it was an interesting trip and worth it for the excellent views from the mountainside. Also good to see the statuary, decoration, and the enormous Buddha. Thai people visit this temple in particular to give flower offerings and ask for good luck. Foreigners welcome, but observe respectfully and let the Thais worship quietly without interruption. There are a number of gongs/bells, which locals might strike or touch but I don't think farangs should. Various shops lined up outside with crafts/souvenirs, snacks and lottery tickets, and women can rent sarongs to dress modestly (you don't have to buy one).
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