Four Temples in the Old City, Chiang Mai, Thailand

high-definition creative commons photographs from four unusual temples in Chiang Mai City, Thailand, showing the architecture, statues, murals and decoration work, together with further information.

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Wat Lam Chang

General View of Chedi

General View of Chedi

View of Chedi

View of Chedi

Elephants

Elephants

Elephant

Elephant

Ubosot from Side

Ubosot from Side

Ubosot from Front

Ubosot from Front

Ubosot Door

Ubosot Door

Windows

Windows

Window Pediment, Wat Lam Chang

Window Pediment

Window Pediment, Wat Lam Chang

Window Pediment

Door Design, Wat Lam Chang

Door Design

Design

Design

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Wat Duang Di

Main Viharn, Wat Duang Di

Main Viharn, Wat Duang Di

Gable Desing, Wat Duang Di

Gable Desing, Wat Duang Di

Thewada, Wat Duang Di

Thewada, Wat Duang Di

Scripture Hall, Wat Duang Di

Scripture Hall, Wat Duang Di

Scripture Hall, Wat Duang Di

Scripture Hall, Wat Duang Di

Lantern, Wat Duang Di

Lantern, Wat Duang Di

Main Shrine, Wat Duang Di

Main Shrine, Wat Duang Di

Preaching Seat, Wat Duang Di

Preaching Seat, Wat Duang Di

Wat Prasat

Chedi and Ubosot, Wat Prasat

Chedi and Ubosot, Wat Prasat

Windows, Wat Prasat

Windows, Wat Prasat

Ubosot, Wat Prasat

Ubosot, Wat Prasat

Main Viharn, Wat Prasat

Main Viharn, Wat Prasat

Viharn Gable, Wat Prasat

Viharn Gable, Wat Prasat

Inside Viharn, Wat Prasat

Inside Viharn, Wat Prasat

Viharn Shrine, Wat Prasat

Viharn Shrine, Wat Prasat

Paying Respects, Wat Prasat

Paying Respects, Wat Prasat

Wat Phan Tao

Main Viharn, Wat Phan Tao

Main Viharn, Wat Phan Tao

Noticeboard, Wat Phan Tao

Noticeboard, Wat Phan Tao

Peacock on Pelmet, Wat Phan Tao

Peacock on Pelmet, Wat Phan Tao

Inside Main Viharn, Wat Phan Tao

Inside Main Viharn, Wat Phan Tao

Main Shrine, Wat Phan Tao

Main Shrine, Wat Phan Tao

Naga and Buddha, Wat Phan Tao

Naga and Buddha, Wat Phan Tao

Decorations, Wat Phan Tao

Decorations, Wat Phan Tao

Decorations, Wat Phan Tao

Decorations, Wat Phan Tao

 

These are selections from four temples found in the Old City:

Wat Lam Chang (the elephant stable Temple), was so-named because this is the spot where King Mangrai kept his working elephants when he was building the City. Perhaps in commemoration of this the Chedi is also surrounded by elephants. It is situated not far from Wat Chiang Man. The Temple also has a water-Ubosot, with only a temporary bridge erected when there is need to perform some monastic legal functions. There are some traditional designs on the more modern Viharn, which I also recorded.

Wat Duang Di (Good-Luck Temple) is a small Temple built in the 19th century according to Central Thai design. It has a very different facade, with square-styled designs on it, and is very attractive in red and gold. The Scripture Hall was locked when we were there, but this was also unusual in design and execution, with some fine stucco work.

Wat Prasat (the palace Temple) is near to Wat Phra Singh. It is notable for its small square Chedi at the back of the Ubosot, and the unusual Viharn behind them both. The latter has some good murals, but the lighting was very poor and again none of the photographs came out well.

Wat Phan Tao (the Temple with 1,000 ovens) is near to Chedi Luang, and has an unusually high and attractive Viharn, and it is also one of the only Temples in the City which is still made entirely from Teak. It was converted to its present function from being a Palace in the 19th century.

 

Photographs by Anandajoti Bhikkhu

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