Phra Maha Dhatu Naphamethinidon and Naphaphonphumisiri Pagoda, Chiangmai

Phra Maha Dhatu Naphamethinidon and Naphaphonphumisiri Pagoda, Chiangmai

     

     As you ascend up on the road to the highest point of Doi Inthanon, the Royal Chedis are await welcoming you. Around 5 kilometers prior to the summit stand these two adjacent pagodas, one called Phra Maha Dhatu Naphamethinidon (นภเมทินีดล), meaning ‘by the strength of the land and air’, and the other, Phra Maha Dhatu Naphapholphumisiri (นภพลภูมิสิริ), meaning ‘being the strength of the air and the grace of the land’. 

     These pagodas are the Buddhist places of worship containing the Lord Buddha’s relics. The Royal Thai Air Force constructed the pagodas in commemoration of their Majesties The King’s (King Bhumibol Adulyadej) and Queen’s (Queen Sirikit) Sixtieth Birthday anniversaries in 1987 and 1992, respectively.

     Visitors are expected to remain peaceful while visiting these temples. Stairs are really steep and will take some efforts for you to climb both ways. Go slow especially with elders as Oxygen levels too are low at such a height.