According to the Yonok Chronicle, the temple's chedi was originally built in the year 940 during the reign of Phraya Ruen Kaew, a local prince, to house a third part of Buddha relics. The other two parts were enshrined at Wat Phra That Doi Tung and Wat Phra That Chomkitti.
Wat Phra That Doi Chom Thong has fine views of nearby hills and its chedi towers above the surrounding trees. To the south of the chedi is Chiang Rai's modern City Pillar, installed in 1988.
The temple is on a hill in the northwest of town.
Updated: April 30, 2012.