Wat Bupparam, Chiang Mai, Thailand

high-definition creative commons photographs from this temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand, showing the architecture, statues, striking modern murals and decoration work, together with some further information.

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The large Scripture Hall (Ho Trai) which dominates Wat Bupparam, besides being packed with all sorts of paraphernalia, contains two things that are notable: first, some good traditional wood carvings inside the Upper Shrine Hall; and secondly, a set of delightful modern murals by Pornchai Jaimon in the Library itself, placed unexpectedly, under the Hall. These were accepted for his thesis degree.

The Temple itself dates back to 1496, when it was built by King Phra Muang Kæo on the site of a palace of his great grandfather King Tilokarat. It has been restored a few times since then, notably in the 19th century when most of the old buildings seen now were built.

Unfortunately any good effect is almost lost now because around the Viharn have been built non-descript concrete blocks, which are possibly monks' quarters, conference halls and the like; and dotted in between them all are concrete zoo animals, which are poorly and cheaply made.

Bupparam Signboard

 

Photographs by Anandajoti Bhikkhu

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