Temple overload – Chiang mai

Today in Thailand, it was our last day in the city. While going around the place I spotted a huge density of temples in the town. It seemed fitting to wander around and take in the variety of architecture.

There were so many different ones. I preferred the not so famous ones as they had a nicer atmosphere and were less likely to be overly guilded!

Wat Chetawan was predominantly white. While the details are as ornate as the other temples the simple colouring made you want to look closely. 

The more famous Wat Chiang man had a different pagoda with elephants around it. It was apparently set up by the first king of chiang mai. 

Wat Rajamontean, had a large Buddha statue outside and you were able to climb up and see the ornate carvings of the roof and pillars up close. 

Another favorite was this old one Lok Moli, which had a brick stupa which is left unadorned. The temple itself also has a intricately carved wooden facade. It seems that it housed Burmese monks at one time. 

Another famous one is Prah Singh. This was had fully guilded stupas which tended to blind you with the noontime sun. It was also rather busy with tourists and memorial activities. 

Wat Phan tao is  another beautiful temple which is carved out of teak. The interior has these strips of decorative cloth which seem give it a nice atmosphere. 

We visited Wat Chedi Luan on the first night but went back again to it today. the stupa is the biggest I’ve seen and has elephants all around and nagas at the entrance of each of the steps. The grounds also house the city pillar which apparently women are not allowed to see lest we cause instability!! 

We kept spotting this wierd flower in a lot of temples. Upon posting on instagram I learnt a lot about it. Over here it is called the Cannonball tree since the fruits look like we’ll cannonballs! In Sri Lanka it is called Sal flower, and according to Buddhist tradition, it is believed that Buddha (or Siddhartha) was born under it. The tree is apparently found in the grounds of many temples which explains why we kept seeing it!

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