|Wat Phrathat Doi Tung (วัดพระธาตุดอยตุง)
Thai. Name of a
Buddhist temple in
province, located on
mountain, to the Northwest of the
capital town, near the Burmese border, and
reportedly built in 911 AD by
Achutarat (อชุตราช) of
who ordered a
giant flag to be flown from the peak, in order to demarcate the site
for the temple. In close proximity to
is a mysterious deep hole in the ground (fig.).
According to legend, it was used to erect a giant flag pole to which
(ca. 2,000 meter)
long northern-style banner, called a
was attached. The temple has distinctive twin
chedis, which are said to contain the relic collar-bones of the Buddha. The original pagodas are thought to be the first chedis ever constructed in the
Lan Na Kingdom.
The present pagodas have recently been downsized and have been remodeled in a different style than their predecessors (fig.).
The temple is accessible by a tall staircase flanked by white-bodies
and a long path with large temple bells (fig.),
which starts at the top of the naga-stairs.
Wat Phrathat Doi
Tung is also known as
Chao (วัดพระมหาชินธาตุเจ้า). See also
See also TRAVEL PICTURES.