by Kate Sisk, Greenheart Travel Scholarship Winner in Thailand
While Yiwha is at school, I have lots of time to explore Chiang Mai and the surrounding areas!
My favorite temples in Chiang Mai so far are Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Umong, and Doi Suthep.
Chedi Luang – Right in the middle of Chiang Mai is this temple and even more impressive, the chedi. A Chedi, also known as a stupa, is often used in Buddhism to hold ashes and Buddha relics. Chedi Luang was built to hold the ashes of the 14th century king of Thailand.
Wat Umong – Surrounded by acres of woods, this 700-year-old temple is comprised of tunnels to explore.
Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep –To get to this temple, you must drive up a winding mountain road. The location is so peaceful- you are literally in a cloud!
The legend says that the King put a Buddha relic on a white elephant’s back. The elephant went to this spot on the mountain and died. This was interpreted as a sign to build the temple there.