Temples and White Strings ~ Thailand

Temple Strings in Chiang Mai, Thailand

With the start of the rainy season, stormy clouds start to gather up during the afternoon, offering great dramatic shots with a wide angle.

I pass by this temple every week but I never went in before. This was the first time I got curious enough and checked how it looked like. It doesn’t change much from the rest of the temples in Chiang Mai but I loved the stormy background that enhanced the shot.

One thing I often noticed were the white strings that are attached everywhere during special Buddhist holidays. You can see them hanging down from the ceiling in temples, or tied to the wrist of Buddha statues.

The white string is often used in ceremonies such as prayers during holidays, house blessings, making of amulets etc. The purpose of these strings is to transfer the benefits of the blessing directly down to each of the participant. Sometimes those strings (that are connected to Buddha’s wrist) hang down from the ceiling and people wrap them on the top of their head, which is considered the holiest part of the body.

These white strings will then be cut into small pieces after the completion of the blessing ceremony and attached around the wrists of visitors for good luck.


Buddha's Strings attached to the wrist in a temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand.



On a different note, I have just celebrated my birthday in good company with pizza and wine, and finally upgraded my aging not-so-smart-anymore phone. Which basically means I caved in and joined Instagram. So, if you feel like adding me, please feel free. You can find me under Canvasoflight.

I’ll be posting photos from around Chiang Mai of course and all the different locations I go to. I promise not to post too many shots of food :)


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  • Wow. Your work is stunning!

  • GORGEOUS!!!!!

  • Ross Bartholomew

    Wonderful photos as always. Thanks for the background on the white strings.

  • Furio

    Hey Dan, great shot as usual! About the first photo, I almost have the impression that the temple is coming out the screen! I guess you obtained this effect by playing with the angle and the shape of the clouds. My question is (if I can ask): did you went heavy on post or you can obtain this kind of effects just with the camera?

    • Thanks Furio :)
      Yes, I used a very wide lens (10mm) to achieve that effect. It distorts so much that you have the impression the building is going to pop out. I also process my photos a lot too, to achieve the colors/style/effect I want. Mainly playing with shadows and light. Cheers!

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  • Pauline

    Hi Danial, I enjoy looking through your photographs. Good shooting

  • vijay

    everyone is talking about first photograph reallly first one is most beautiful

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