You may have heard the sentence from someone who’d visited Chiang Mai said “ If you have a chance to visit Chiang Mai ,but you‘ve never had a chance to visit Doi Suthep Temple. You’re not in Chiang Mai. “ It’s a bit funny ,but it’s always true.
This temple is the most beautiful temple in Chiang Mai, located on the Doi Suthep – Pui National Park, 3,500 metres above sea level. In the reign of King Kue Na, the 6th King of Mengrai Dynasty ( 1367 – 1388 AD.), he’d invited the famous monk “ Sumana Tara” from Sukhothai Kingdom to visit Chiang Mai. He came with the holy relic of the Lord Buddha and gave it to the king. The king decided to keep the holy relic in the pagoda in his royal garden , but he found the relic ‘d broken into 2 pieces and he decided to keep just one of them in the pagoda. One of the holy relic that left , he put in the container and placed it on his royal elephant back and set it free.The king sent some of his men followed the elephant to see where it went. It roamed around the old city and headed North of Chiang Mai and turned west up to the mountain .
At the top of the mountain, there’s the hermit named “Wasuthep Ruesi” who meditated there. When the elephant’d arrived on the top, it walked around 3 times, knees down and trumpeted. That made the sign that’s the holy ground. The king ‘d decided to built the temple to contain the holy relic since then. According to the hermit who used to meditate in the peaceful area‘d disappeared from the mountain. The King and the people in Chiang Mai wanted to remember to this hermit , so that we‘d named the temple after him.
The Temple balcony offer you the best overlook of Chiang Mai City area. The temple could also visit from 6.30am until 8.00pm. Different time of the day give you different vision. However it is worth to visit as it is Chiang Mai most sacred temple.