Temple Hopping: Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is located in the Northen part of Thailand and is a land of misty mountains and colourful hill tribes. I came to Chiang Mai for two things: Spend the new year there and also meet my soul animal, the elephants. But Chiang Mai also have a lot of temples that you can visit, here are temples I visited when I was in Chiang Mai last December.

Wat Phra Singh ( Gold Temple) –Wat Phra Singh is perhaps the second most venerated temple in Chiang Mai after Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. It houses three main structures, the main attraction being the elegantly decorated Lai Kam assembly hall and its restored murals depicting the lives of locals hundreds of years ago.

Chedi Luang (“Temple of the Great Stupa”)– It’s most prominent feature is the massive and very impressive chedi (pagoda) dominating the area. The chedi was ordered by King Saen Muang Ma to enshrine the ashes of his father. In 1468, the emerald buddha, the most important buddha image in Thailad was installed in Wat Chedi Luang where it stayed there for a century. Today the image was housed in Wat Phra Kaew in Grand Place in Bangkok.

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep – is located 15 kilometers from downtown Chiang Mai and overlooking the whole of Chiang Mai at 1670 meters. There’s a legend of how they temple came to be, where it also learned by every child in Chiang Mai (Read it here via instrip.com.) The monastery was established in 1383 by King Keu Naone to enshrine a piece of bone said to be from the shoulder of the historical Buddha. 

And it fascinates me when I heard it from the locals, it’s just amazing how everything was happening at this side of the world while we also had our own thing in the Philippines back then. It made me wonder in awe of all the great things God has orchestrated for us to reach at this very moment.

The ride to Doi Suthep made me so dizzy so we had to take an elevator to take us up at the mountain. Good thing there is a lift because I could not move my legs from all the walking we did in Vietnam and Cambodia. We took the stairs going down cos it’s a lot easier that waiting for the long line in the elevator, I enjoyed the stairs, would love to take a photo of it with me alone but there a lot of people haha.

Doi Inthanon National Park- located in the highest peak in Thailand that rises to a height of 2565 meters (8, 415 feet) above sea level. Doi Inthanon is a popular destination for visitors to the region, not only for its natural beauty, but for its historical significance as well. Chedis (monuments) dedicated to Their Royal Majesties, The King and Queen, can be found atop the peak of the mountain.

There are still a lot of temples in Chiang Mai, most of them is a walking distance inside the Old city, but for me these four are the must visit when you are in Chiang Mai.

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