Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

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Continuing on with the story from the Wat Suan Dok. When the monk arrived, the bone magically split in two. The smaller piece was enshrined in the Wat Suan Dok, but the king had the larger piece put on the back of a white elephant which was set free to wander wherever it wanted. The elephant chose to take the high road and wandered to the top of Doi Suthep mountain, where it was said to have trumpeted three times and then died. Taking that a divine sign, the King had a Wat built on top of the mountain to house the relic, on the very spot where the elephant had collapsed. There is a beautiful 306-foot staircase leading up the mountain to the temple terrace with a balustrade made of a tiled mosaic water serpent ("naga").