Wat Sri Suphan, Chiang Mai, Thailand

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

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001 Main Viharn on a Rainy Day

01 Main Viharn on a Rainy Day

002 Naga Bargeboards

02 Naga Bargeboards

003 Holding up the Window

03 Holding up the Window

004 Indra's Elephant

04 Indra's Elephant

005 Yakkha Guarding the Door

05 Yakkha Guarding the Door

006 Yakkha Guarding the Door

06 Yakkha Guarding the Door

007 Main Shrine

07 Main Shrine

008 Main Shrine

08 Main Shrine

009 Main Shrine

09 Main Shrine

010 Buddha Statues

10 Buddha Statues

011 Buddha Statue

11 Buddha Statue

012 Relics and the Buddha

12 Relics and the Buddha

013 Ku Shrine

13 Ku Shrine

014 View towards Main Door

14 View towards Main Door

015 Over the Window

15 Over the Window

016 Over the Window

16 Over the Window

017 Temple Scene

17 Temple Scene

018 Temple Gateway

18 Temple Gateway

019 Bargeboards on Temple

19 Bargeboards on Temple

020 Golden Light Temple

20 Golden Light Temple

021 Temples, Thewadas and Banners

21 Temples, Thewadas and Banners

022 Thewada and Temple

22 Thewada and Temple

023 Buddha's Footprints

23 Buddha's Footprints

024 Buddha and Disciples

24 Buddha and Disciples

025 Sanchi and Mahabodhi

25 Sanchi and Mahabodhi

026 Chedi and Temples

26 Chedi and Temples

027 Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

27 Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

028 Buddha Shrine

28 Buddha Shrine

029 Naga Plaque

29 Naga Plaque

030 Naga Plaque

30 Naga Plaque

031 Temple and Banners

31 Temple and Banners

032 Temple and Banners

32 Temple and Banners

033 Buddha's Footprint

33 Buddha's Footprint

034 Kirtimukha, Yakkha and Thewada

34 Kirtimukha, Yakkha and Thewada

035 Silver Tree

35 Silver Tree

036 Flower Design

36 Flower Design

037 Flower Design

37 Flower Design

038 Hare Design

38 Hare Design

039 Various Designs

39 Various Designs

040 Banners

40 Banners

041 Phra Temiya

41 Phra Temiya

042 Phra Mahachanok

42 Phra Mahachanok

043 Phra Mahachanok (detail)

43 Phra Mahachanok (detail)

044 Phra Suvannasarm

44 Phra Suvannasarm

045 Phra Nemirat

45 Phra Nemirat

046 Phra Mahosat

46 Phra Mahosat

047 Phra Phuritat

47 Phra Phuritat

048 Phra Candakumara

48 Phra Candakumara


49 Phra Candakumara (detail)

050 Phra Candakumara (detail)

50 Phra Candakumara (detail)

051 Phra Brahmanart

51 Phra Brahmanart

052 Phra Vidhura

52 Phra Vidhura

053 Phra Vidhura (detail)

53 Phra Vidhura (detail)

054 Phra Vessantara

54 Phra Vessantara

055 Phra Vessantara

55 Phra Vessantara

056 Phra Vessantara

56 Phra Vessantara

057 Phra Vessantara

57 Phra Vessantara

058 The Birth

58 The Birth

059 The Birth detail of Lord Brahma

59 The Birth detail of Lord Brahma

060 The Birth (detail)

60 The Birth (detail)

061 Crossing the Anoma

61 Crossing the Anoma

062 The Awakening

62 The Awakening

063 The Great Emancipation

63 The Great Emancipation

064 The Great Emancipation (detail)

64 The Great Emancipation (detail)


065 General View of the Ubosot

65 General View of the Ubosot

066 General View of the Ubosot

66 General View of the Ubosot

067 Ubosot with Storm Looming

67 Ubosot with Storm Looming

068 Incomplete Entrance to Ubosot

68 Incomplete Entrance to Ubosot

069 Sima Marker

69 Sima Marker

070 Hanging Sima Marker

70 Hanging Sima Marker

071 Waves

71 Waves

072 Yakkha

72 Yakkha

073 Indra on Airavata

73 Indra on Airavata

074 Indra (detail)

74 Indra (detail)

075 Vishnu

75 Vishnu

076 Vishnu (detail)

76 Vishnu (detail)

077 Back Wall of Ubosot

77 Back Wall of Ubosot

078 Scene on Ubosot Back Wall

78 Scene on Ubosot Back Wall

079 Buddha Teaching the Monks

79 Buddha Teaching the Monks

080 Climbing to the Viharn

80 Climbing to the Viharn

081 Various Scenes

81 Various Scenes

082 With the Elephants

82 With the Elephants

083 Buddha Teaching

83 Buddha Teaching

084 Listening to Dhamma

84 Listening to Dhamma

085 Blowing Conch Shells

85 Blowing Conch Shells


86 At the Market

087 Ascetic Meditating

87 Ascetic Meditating

088 In the Forest

88 In the Forest

089 People Gathering

89 People Gathering

090 A Helping Hand

90 A Helping Hand

091 Lotus Flowers

91 Lotus Flowers

092 Calling the Earth to Witness

92 Calling the Earth to Witness

093 Medallions

93 Medallions

094 Flower Vase

94 Flower Vase

095 Entrance to Ubosot

95 Entrance to Ubosot

096 Main Buddha Statue

96 Main Buddha Statue

097 Close Up of Buddha Statue

97 Close Up of Buddha Statue

098 Preaching Chairs

98 Preaching Chairs

099 Window Design

99 Window Design

100 Window Design

100 Window Design

101 Window Design

101 Window Design

102 Ceiling Design

102 Ceiling Design

103 Floral Design

103 Floral Design

104 Design Pattern

104 Design Pattern

105 Design Pattern

105 Design Pattern

106 Deer in the Forest

106 Deer in the Forest

107 Khochasi

107 Khochasi

108 Thewada

108 Thewada

109 Design Pattern

109 Design Pattern

110 Design Pattern

110 Design Pattern

111 Dhammacakka

111 Dhammacakka


112 Design Close Up

112 Design Close Up

113 Yakkha upholding the Dhammacakka

113 Yakkha upholding the Dhammacakka

114 Mount Meru

114 Mount Meru

115 Calling the Earth to Witness

115 Calling the Earth to Witness

116 Chedi

116 Chedi

117 Chedi on Mountain

117 Chedi on Mountain

118 Palace

118 Palace

119 Griffin

119 Griffin

120 Buddha and Banners

120 Buddha and Banners

121 Village Scene

121 Village Scene

122 Fortress

122 Fortress

123 Chedi in Forest

123 Chedi in Forest

124 Elephant

124 Elephant

125 A Thousand Rice Fields

125 A Thousand Rice Fields

126 Stormy River

126 Stormy River

127 Shrine

127 Shrine

128 Tree and Flowers

128 Tree and Flowers

129 Viharn

129 Viharn

130 King on Elephant

130 King on Elephant

131 Lotus Flower

131 Lotus Flower

132 Silver Plate

132 Silver Plate


The Vision of Sri Suphan Temple

By Ven. Phra Kru Pitak Sutthikhun
Abbot of Srisuphan Temple

translation by Namfon Amornsurakarn


Our Vision: A commitment to sustain Buddhism, its culture and traditions in conjunction with the development of a local education center and a sustainable economic community.

History: According to the inscriptions found locally on Red Sandstone, King Muang Kæw (1495-1526) of the Mangrai dynasty and his mother ordered a military offical called Khun Luang Ja Kham to bring a Buddha statue to this place and they built a temple in the year 1500 CE. In ancient times the temple was called Sri Suphan Aram (= Temple). Later, the Vihara, Chetiya and Ubosot were built in that order and were completed around ten years later. All the buildings together with the surrounding areas and twenty families were given to take care of the Temple.

Present: Sri Suphan Temple has been a vast source of knowledge concerning the art, culture, education and handicrafts, including lost-wax casting and silverwork, from the past until the present. There is still a living culture regarding these handicrafts, but knowledge about statue-casting, silverwork and other handicrafts are in danger these days owing to the changing times and there are not many people to whom this knowledge is being passed on.

Ven. Phra Kru Pitak Sutthikhun, the Abbot of Sri Suphan Temple since 1992, and the Committee of Sri Suphan are well aware of the problems and intend to preserve and maintain the heritage passed down in the culture from their predecessors. Therefore they have outlined the many activities that are needed to lead to the vision, mission and objectives of the Temple. They are supported by the Sangha in Chiang Mai, and also by the National Office of Buddhism, the Government and by the private sector who appreciate local culture and knowledge especially in regard to Lanna craftsmanship at Sri Suphan Temple.

Current Tasks, Activities & Projects

  1. To sustain the propagation of the Dhamma, the traditions and local culture by playing a critical role as a Temple in the local community.
  2. To encourage and collaborate with the education system under the Royal Act on Education in 1998.
  3. To maintain and promote indigenous silver handicrafts

We propose to support these aims as follows:

The projects are based on the doctrine and discipline in Buddhism, integrated with the King's philosophy of economic sufficiency to achieve the sustainability of the Buddha's dispensation, local communities and the country.

The Result over the Past 10 Years: even though there is a change in development that has contributed to a positive outcome for the community, the approach has not yet lead to the achievement of all our goals on each project as expected. There are various obstacles that have been encountered, which we can list as follows:

  1. Social problems such as varieties of nationality, conflicts of interest, competition, non-cooperation, a lack of self-sacrifice and so on.
  2. Insufficient liquidity to run the projects. The fund is fluctuating and relies only on donors. The projects are not firmly established and remuneration is unpredictable, making it difficult to proceed.
  3. A lack of awareness about our cultural heritage and local knowledge, and a lack of motivation.
  4. A lack of good public relations with the public in terms of communicating our objectives.

Such problems and obstacles have been encountered, but Sri Suphan Temple and those who are involved have been seeking a solution to these problems and making efforts to overcome them. However, to achieve the task they need support from the Government, the private sector and those who appreciate the local culture and knowledge, by participation at all levels to achieve our objectives together so as to sustain the Lanna traditions and keep alive the dispensation of the Buddha, and to glorify our King, Rama IX of the Chakri Dynasty.


Photographs by Anandajoti Bhikkhu

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