Wat Phra That Doi Tung- beautiful temple up the hills

Chiang Rai เมืองเชียงราย, Temple

Wat Phra That Doi Tung is really a scenic temple to visit. It is quite a drive up the steep hills in Mae Chan area. When you reach Doi Tung, you have the option to climb a huge flight of stairs up, then you would be lead to an area where you can ring the bells.

Alternatively, for those who are not up for the climb, you may drive up but it is up a steep hill.

Even though Doi Tung is not a large temple, but it is scenic and peaceful. The main areas are the twin chedis and a small shrine hall:

Wat Phra That Doi Tung Thailand วัดพระธาตุดอยตุง

Wat Phra That Doi Tung Thailand วัดพระธาตุดอยตุง

I’ve taken the information from the information boards being displayed in the temple:

The History of Wat Phra That Doi Tung

Located over 2000 meters above sea level on Doi Tung Mountain is Wat Phra That Doi Tung. The temple ground is comprised of twin Lanna-style chedis, one of which is believed to contain the left collarbone of the Lord Buddha. Throughout the year, the holy relic draws visitors from all over Thailand. The temple is also a popular scenic spot as it offers panoramic views into Laos and Myanmar as well as the surrounding areas.

From the information signboard:

Wat Phra That Doi Tung, Amphoe Mae Chan is a Chedi housing relics of the Lord Buddha. This is a bone that links the front shoulder of the lower throat portion under the Adam’s apple known in Thai as “hai plara”. There is a legend that over 1000 years ago, around B.E 1454, Venerable Phra Maha Kassapa Thera and King Achutarat, a ruler of Yonok Nakkaphan, and their officers had propitiated the relics which were brought from India to be enshrined on this hill.

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Many “Tungs” or religious flying flags, some as long as 1000 Wa were flown on the hill top. The rims of te flags were waviving in the area demarcating the holy area on this hill (Doi).

From then on, the hill has been called “Doi Tung” to date. Phra That Doi Tung is the first chedi of Lanna. Tung is a dignified and auspicious identity of Lanna. Later in B.E 2470, Kruba Srivijaya had the stupa renovated with the Lanna art style. New stucture was then build to cover the original one inside.

There is a board that provides the sitemap of the temple as per below:

 

Wat Phra That Doi Tung Thailand วัดพระธาตุดอยตุง

 

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