Wat Phra Borommathat Doi Koeng Temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Wat Phra That Doi Koeng (Wat Phra Borommathat Doi Koeng) temple is founded in the forest on a high mountain range opposite to the pier in Doi Tao Lake, which is located in Moo 5, Tambon Ta Deua, Amphoe Doi Tao, Chiang Mai Province. It is 60 kilometres from Doi Tao District Office and 14 kilometres from the village. Wat Phra that Doi Koeng is a sacred home to a stupa which contains the relics of the left frontal, or the left forehead bone, of Buddha. As history goes, Queen Camadhevi came to pay respect to the sacred relics on her ascension to the throne of Hariphunchai (Lamphun) in AD 657. From 1920-1921, Kruba Srivichai, the patron saint of Lanna, came to restore the stupa by building a new one over the original. On February 18, 1921, Ditsawarakuman Damrong Rajanubhab visited and paid homage to both the stupa and Kruba Srivichai.

From then on the place was abandoned until in 1986, when the Dean of Amphoe Hod or Phrakru Pipatnakanapiban, currently Phra Dhammungkalajarn Vi, the abbot of Wat Phra that Sri Chom Thong Worawiharn, Chom Thong District, Chiang Mai Province, initiated another restoration. Later on, Kruba Boonsri, the temple’s current abbot, lead both Thai and foreign believers to contribute to the restoration by gilding the stupa with gold leaf, and the golden stupa shines bright and beautiful ever since. Tourists can visit Phra that Doi Koeng every day. On the full moon day in February, or Makha Bucha Day, a ceremony of water sprinkling will be held at the stupa. Merit makings and meal offerings for monks and novices will be carried out in the morning on Doi Reua.

hen a procession comprised of the holy water, a cloth for covering the stupa, a portrait of Kruba Srivichai, kitchenware and gong and drum players will walk from Doi Reua to Wat Phra that Doi Koeng. The distance was around 4 kilometres. When the procession reaches the stupa in Doi Koeng temple, there will be a cloth offering and water pouring ceremony, where the President of Chiang Mai Provincial Administration Organization and Doi Tao Chief District Officer are present. The evening will be the session of chants and prayers, starting with 12 legends of Tan praying, a chapter of Dhamma Paramee Panchan, a section on the legend of the stupa of Doi koeng, a section of Berk praying, and then the session ends with a section of Buddha Pisek preaching. Sky lanterns will be lit and released to signal the upcoming offering to Buddha. Participating Buddhists will prepare the Madhupayas rice all night long and, when the morning arrives, there will be the rice offering ceremony, along with merit makings and offerings of meal and essentials to monks and novices; and there concluded the ritual.

Wat Phra that Doi Koeng is on the top of Doi Koeng. To get there, take the ferry to Doi Reua and walk for about 4 km to the temple. Tourists who travel in car. I recommended to give a notice in advance, so staff at the temple could bring a raft to carry the car from Baan Huai Hinda to the temple side.

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