on November 30, 2000
Had a private tour, up to the mountain overlooking Chiang Mai. This takes about 45 minutes to get to the top, if you ride a bike probably all day, very steep and windy. Once on top there is a Buddhist temple that is spectacular, colorful, and one of the best views to see. This temple was built in the 14th century to house a relic Buddha. This was found by sending a sacred white elephant out. This elephant was followed by Buddhist monks eager to see where the elephant would go. The elephant traveled up into the mountains and when it turned around three times and sat down, the monks knew this is where the temple should be. There are 300 steps that take you to the top where the temple is located. The golden Chedi pictured below is where the relic Buddha is kept, although as a tourist you cannot view. Very worth the trip, specatacular views.
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