Doi Suthep Temple
Not far from Chiang Mai, in northern Thailand, lies one of the holiest temples in the entire kingdom. The Doi Suthep Temple sits near the top of the mountain of the same name, and can be seen glistening in the sun from miles away. The full and accurate name for the temple is Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.
Elaborate gold carvings adorn each building
I have visited Doi Suthep temple every time I’ve been in Chiang Mai, and to me it’s well worth the effort to make it up the mountain. I’m not suggesting that I’ve walked up the mountain, but regardless, it’s still an effort to come by car. The journey up the snaking, winding road from Chiang Mai takes about 40 minutes, depending on traffic.
Interestingly, monks get to wear shoes in the temple!
Giant wooden carvings that must have taken years to make
Photo Tips when visiting the Doi Suthep Temple
- There is a lot to see in a fairly compact space. Expect crowds, and don’t expect to get photos without people in them.
- Use a polarizing filter if you have one. The bright blue sky behind the bright gold chedi can be amazing.
- Don’t bother bringing a tripod. It’s difficult to use one in the crowded area, and it won’t provide you with much advantage in the bright light anyway.
- Bring a wide lens, so you can see the entire chedi.
- Bring a tele lense, so you can take close ups of the worshipers and the Buddha statues.
- Not a photo tip, but wear socks. Without shoes the floor gets super hot in the hot months.
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