Twin Pagodas on the hill top
A landmark of Mae Hong Son. The temple Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu, located at the 424-meter summit of Mt. Kong Mu in Mae Hong Son. The temple location offers a panorama view of the city in a larger map and its surrounding.
We usaully wake up early morning to go up there to see sunrise. But the most foriegner tourist coming up to see sunset behind the temple on the west side.
Wat = temple / Phra That = relics / Doi = hill / Kong Mu = pagoda
The two big white chedis will welcome you. The larger Chedi was built in 1860 and contains the relics, brought from Burma, of Phra Moggalana, one of the chief disciples of the Lord Buddha by the builder named Chong Tong Su and Lek, his wife. The smaller one was erected in 1874 by the first governor of Mae Hong Son, Phraya Singhanat Raja.
How to walk up here
A. Walk up stair from town on the north route with a local people who is exercise, here is a good fitness center and we had a lighting pathway by solar cell when the dark on the way back home.
B. Walk up along the main road 2 km on the south route to the temple with a black smoke by car’s pollution. Normally we use this way to walk down and no tourist not much in present.
The temple’s major annual ceremonies include New Year’s Day and especially the End of Buddhist Lent Day, in which a unique alms-giving ceremony is held. See more to know how to make merit by offering food.
Rules to respect when visiting a temple
- Dress properly. (Knees and shoulders should be covered.)
- Take off your shoes when entering the buildings.
- Be quiet.
- Don’t point your feet to Buddha’s image.
- Don’t hug or kiss
- No smoking
When you come to Mae Hong Son don’t miss to go up here and lookover the view how nice it was to visit non touristic area and slow life city. It’s only one province of Thailand in this century. And quiz the answer why do they walk 3 round of pagodas.
If you have not been up to Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu, then you cannot really say you have been to Mae Hong Son. C’mon let’s go!