Wat Tha Ton, Golden Triangle, Northern Thailand

high-definition creative commons photographs from the Burmese border of Chiang Mai, showing the architecture and statues in this temple built by Dhammakaya, together with further relevant information.

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Tha Ton Chedi

Wat Tha Ton Chedi

Tha Ton Chedi

Wat Tha Ton Chedi

Close Up of Chedi

Close Up of Chedi

Large Buddha Statue

Large Buddha Statue

Large Buddha Statue

Large Buddha Statue

Granite Buddha Statue

Granite Buddha Statue

Buddha, Sariputta and Moggallana

Buddha, Sariputta and Moggallana

Buddha, Sariputta and Moggallana

Buddha, Sariputta and Moggallana

Buddha Statue

Buddha Statue

Holding the Robes

Holding the Robes

Robes Close Up

Robes Close Up

Robes Close Up

Robes Close Up

Robes Close Up

Robes Close Up

Mudra

Mudra

Buddhas Footprint

Buddhas Footprint

Kwan Yin

Kwan Yin

Disciple

Disciple

Relic and Blue Sun

Relic and Blue Sun

Relic Close Up

Relic Close Up

Dragons

Dragons

Dragon

Dragon

Dragon and Money Bag

Dragon and Money Bag

Dragon Close Up

Dragon Close Up

Holding the Ball

Holding the Ball

 

Wat Tha Ton is a sprawling complex in northern Thailand, situated on the Kok River, and right on the Burmese border, about an hour's drive from Chiang Rai. The Wat has been built on nine levels, but we had only time to visit the top two levels, which command a great view out over the river, the surrounding landscape, and over into nearby Burma. They are home to a massive Golden Buddha statue and the large modern Chedi Kæw.

Unusually the Chedi is hollow and is on three floors. The space inside is used as a kind of museum, with Buddha statues illustrating all major styles and countries. Unfortunately from a photographer's point-of-view the statues are placed with the light in the background, making them impossible to photograph, except in close up.

The museum also contains one of the most delightful statues I have seen, which is of the Buddha, Ven. Sariputta and Ven. Maha Moggallana in friendly embrace. Normally the iconography is Theravada is fixed, and only rarely do we see something that ventures onto a new interpretation.

The Chedi also contains a meditation hall, which has very good energy. The energy may have something to do with the fact that it is positioned beneath the Buddha relics, which are placed in the center on the top floor. At the back of the Chedi there is a also Chinese garden, with rearing dragons.

 

Three Friends
The Buddha, Ven. Sariputta and Ven. Maha Moggallana: Three Good Friends

 

Photographs by Anandajoti Bhikkhu

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