Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep is a Buddhist temple around 15 kilometers from the city of Chiang Mai, located on a mountain with the same name; it was founded in 1383.
From the temple impressive views of Chiang Mai can be seen and it remains a popular destination of foreign visitors. From the car park, at the temple base visitors can climb 309 steps to reach the pagodas. There is also a tram.
The original copper plated chedi is the most holy area of the temple grounds. Within the site are pagodas, statues, bells and shrines. Aspects of the Wat draw from both Buddhism and Hinduism. There is a model of the Emerald Buddha and a statue of the Hindu God Ganesh.
Wat Doi Suthep Wat Doi Suthep is one of the most famous Buddhist shrines around Chiang Mai and for many, it is a highlight of any visit to the region. On a clear day, the view across Chiang Mai City and the river Ping valley is unsurpassed and at the same time, the gleaming golden chedi of the temple can be seen from downtown Chiang Mai.
Doi Suthep National Park Doi Suthep National Park was declared in 1981 but it is fighting to survive in the face of increasing urban sprawl from Chiang Mai, the continuing presence of hundreds of hilltribe families living within its boundaries, and the encroachment of luxury holiday retreats. Luckily, a residents action group has sprung up in Chiang Mai in defense of the park and, hopefully over time, some of the damage will be allowed the breathing space it needs in order to repair itself.