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||The picture shows Wat
Prathat Doi Suthep. Wat Prathat Doi Suthep, perched high on the flank
of the Suthep Mountain, 1,022 m (3,000ft) above sea level, is Chiang Mai
most famous temple. The pagoda in its centre contains some of the relics
of the Lord Buddha. The temple is visited throughout the year by thousand
of tourists but also by Buddhist pilgrims from all around the world. According
to legend, the temple's site was selected by an auspicious elephant. The
story goes that a monk named Sumana placed half of a Buddha relic on an
elephant's back and set it loose. It was decided that when the elephant
stopped walking, a temple would be built on that exact spot to house the
gem ... Instead of stopping at an easy site, the elephant began climbing
the hill - and finally paused on the brow. This was where Wat Prathat Doi
Suthep was built by King Kuna in 1388...
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