Visiting Wat Doi Suthep on Songkran

The Naga Stairs

Wat Doi Suthep — The Spiritual Pilgrimage of Chiang Mai

Wat Doi Suthep is one of the most spiritual places in Thailand, along with Wat Pho (Bangkok), Doi Inthanon and the temple caves of Krabi.

Golden Buddha statue inside Wat Doi Suthep main temple

Buddhist Worship at Wat Doi Suthep

Remember that Wat Doi Suthep is a very holy place where many Buddhist pilgrims visit. Legend has it that a fragment of bone of the Buddha was placed on an elephant and the temple was built on the site where he died.

Statue of the Elephant that ‘chose’ the temple site
Praying to Buddha at Wat Doi Suthep
Golden Chedi (Stupa) of Wat Doi Suthep

Circling the Chedi

Buddhists circle the Chedi three times in a clockwise direction holding a lotus flower to show respect for the relics of the Chedi and as a form of worship.

Exploring the Temple Complex

Wat Doi Suthep is not one temple or shrine but many dotted around the temple complex. The views are stunning. Make sure that you walk around the external temple building to discover further treasures and shrines.

Green Buddha Shrine outside Wat Doi Suthep

Explore the Temple Grounds

What Doi Suthep is a temple complex, rather than just one temple, as many in Thailand usually are. Walk around to the side and back of the temple and you will find many other Buddhas, outdoor shrines and smaller temple buildings.

Outdoor Shrine
A Fish called Mom! Wat Doi Suthep

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