Doi Suthep Cultural Boarding Trip

On Saturday 9 May the Grade 4, 5 and 6 students along with some Grade 10 and 11 students had a trip to Doi Suthep. The journey took approximately 1.5 hours and the first destination was Doi Suthep Temple. We walked through market stalls that were selling fresh coconuts, fruit smoothies, delicious Thai snacks and souvenirs, before arriving at the entrance of the temple. All staff and students were faced with dragons on the walls, young children dressed in traditional hilltribe costumes and a climb of over 300 steps up to the Doi Suthep Temple.

At the top we had reached our destination: this beautiful temple that overlooks the city of Chiang Mai from its mountain throne. This spectacular Buddhist temple can be seen from wherever you are in the city of Chiang Mai. The students had time to explore one of Northern Thailand's most sacred temples.

Doi Suthep mountain has been recognised as a holy place for hundreds of years. The original copper plated chedi is the most holy area of the temple grounds. Within the site are Buddha statues, bells, a museum, golden umbrellas and shrines. Views overlooking the city of Chiang Mai are seen on the far side of the temple.

Stomachs began to rumble and this marked the end of our time at the Doi Suthep temple. Everyone began the decent back down the steps. Along the streets students enjoyed a variety of food and refreshing drinks before returning to the vans. 

Our second stop was Bhubing royal palace and gardens near the summit on Doi Suthep mountain. The students had their lunch in the beautiful gardens surrounding the royal residence. The rose and orchid gardens, waterfalls and palace grounds were enjoyed by all. After a lovely walk around the royal residence and gardens we all returned to the vans.

On the journey back to Prem we had one last stop at the look out overlooking Chiang Mai town. At this stop students enjoyed the fresh air and spectacular views whilst also being lucky enough to have their portraits drawn for free by a local artist. Many students enjoyed this novelty and lined up to have their pictures drawn in coal. 

Overall the trip to Doi Suthep temple, Royal Palace and Gardens and the mountain lookout was a wonderful cultural experience that was thoroughly enjoyed by all students.
 

Stephanie Watson
Head of Girls' Boarding

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