According to one story, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep was founded when a fragment of the Gautama Buddha’s shoulder bone was placed on the back of a white elephant, who climbed the mountain and trumpeted three times before falling dead. King Nu Naone interpreted this as an omen and ordered a temple to be constructed at the site.

Over the centuries, the original temple was expanded to include shrines, pagodas, statues and a monastery. The holiest spot is the Emerald Buddha and a statue of the Hindu god Ganesh.

In order to reach Wat Suthep, visitors must climb 306 steps, which are intended to be used as a meditation exercise.

Getting There

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