CHIANG MAI – Over 30,000 students, personnel and alumnus of Chiang Mai University converged on Doi Suthep Saturday. Taking part in the university’s annual trek up the mountain to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.
Highlighting the university’s 55th anniversary celebrations this year.The event was also witnessed by Chiang Mai University’s rector and the Chiang Mai Governor.
Students were divided into faculty groups to trek the winding 14km road from the university’s main campus to the summit of the sacred Doi Suthep.
Police were stationed along the way to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep provide security. While medical teams were also on hand to provide first-aid at 10 service points.
At the summit of Doi Suthep students performed merit-making at the temple, praying for good luck for of studied ahead.
This traditional annual trek has been held since 1964 in order to bring the student body together. The Trek up Doi Suthep also serves as a rite of passage ceremony for first-year students.
Giving them a chance to make new friends and form new bonds with the seniors and with fellow-freshers.
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is a Theravada Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai Province, Thailand. The temple is a sacred site to many Thai people and its origins date back almost seven hundred years, to 1382.
Source: The Nation