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. 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.
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  • This temple doesn't have much to recommend it, unless you believe that praying and donating will get you a lucky number. If so, this temple is well provisioned. There are more lottery vendors here.....  more
    This temple doesn't have much to recommend it, unless you believe that praying and donating will get you a lucky number. If so, this temple is well provisioned. There are more lottery vendors here.....  more »
  • Good peace of mind, if you need some place calm to set your mind to peace and get some rest please visit this temple a bit far away from the crowing centre. Also if you get to assist in the monk... 
    Good peace of mind, if you need some place calm to set your mind to peace and get some rest please visit this temple a bit far away from the crowing centre. Also if you get to assist in the monk...  more »
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  • Be careful when visiting this temple. The roads are steep up the hill. But once up there, it's really very nice! When you visit it, do not miss the chance of taking pictures on the staircase. It overlooks a lot of the mountains and village below.
  • I would agree with the last reviewer regarding advice to come early. I arrived at 9.30am and it was already busy. Following previous visit, arrived at 6.30am to see the dawn and sunrise. Worth getting up early for. This place presents a wonderful collection of Temple buildings with numerous Shrines, Buddha Statues and great views across Chiang Mai and beyond. Easy to spend a good hour here enjoying seeing everything on the site. Free to visit.

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