Wat Lok Molee, Chiang Mai, Thailand

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

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Gable on Main Viharn

Gable on Main Viharn

Main Buddha Statue

Main Buddha Statue

Walls with Reliefs

Walls with Reliefs

Chairs and Windows

Chairs and Windows

Redented Ceiling

Redented Ceiling

Patterned Ceiling

Patterned Ceiling

Scenes on the Ceiling

Scenes on the Ceiling

Buddha with unusual Mudra

Buddha with unusual Mudra

Unidentified Scene

Unidentified Scene

Unidentified Scene

Unidentified Scene

Vessantara

Vessantara

Vessantara

Vessantara

Birth of the Bodhisattva

Birth of the Bodhisattva

Awakening of the Buddha

Awakening of the Buddha

Previous Head Monk

Previous Head Monk

Old Chedi

Old Chedi

 

There is no record of the founding date for this temple, but its name first appeared in historical texts in 1367. The sixth King of Lanna in the Mangrai Dynasty invited a group of ten monks from Burma to bring their study and practice of Buddhism to the Kingdom, and the monks stayed in this Temple.

Phra Kæw Maung ordered the Chedi built in 1527, and the main Viharn in 1545. The Temple also houses the ashes of members of the Royal Mangrai Dynasty, and was maintained by the Royal family until the end of the dynasty (based on a signboard inside the grounds).

Most of the photographs come from the Main Viharn, a dark and heavy building where light conditions were poor. I took many more photos inside, but most of them cannot be used because of this. The carved reliefs line the walls above the windows.

 

Photographs by Anandajoti Bhikkhu

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