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 […]
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In the southern area of the ‘Old City’ in Chiang Mai, near the South Gate, lies a little secret terracotta garden, hidden behind walls in a small noisy and dirty soi (alley). This garden called Ban Phor Liang Meun’s Terracotta Garden is a peculiar place, where you can roam around completely cut off from the outside world, surrounded by broken terracotta statues covered in green moss. It really feels like you are somewhere in an old temple far from civilization. Just don’t forget the mosquito repellent. I’ll post more photos from this place soon but in the meantime, here’s a beautiful terracotta […]
Buddha statuettes are present everywhere in Chiang Mai, Thailand. This one was for sale at the Saturday Walking Street Market with many traditional Thai products and tableware. It was taken during an improvised Photo Walk with some Couchsurfers I met earlier during the day. ~~oOo~~ Quick Tips: Try to pay attention to the different colors that appear in your viewfinder. If a color is too bright or is strongly contrasting with the rest of the colors, try to recompose and exclude that element. If it can’t be excluded, darken it or remove it later during post-processing. ~~oOo~~ 3 Things I […]
This shot was taken at Wat Pan Tao inside the old city in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The monk was waiting at the door observing a couple of tourists arguing with a tuk tuk driver. I noticed the Buddha statue in the background, shining in the dark so I had to take the photo. ~~oOo~~ Quick Tips: Use doors, windows or other elements to frame your shots. It helps the viewer focus on the elements you want him to notice. ~~oOo~~
This shot was taken in one of the many temples in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The golden circle behind Buddha‘s statue made it look like it had a halo around his head. PS: Sorry this update is a little short, I’m still in bed recovering from a flu with high fever. Normal posts should be back to normal tomorrow.
~~oOo~~ Tian Tan Buddha, also known as Big Buddha is one of the largest outdoor seated bronze Buddha statues in the world. Completed in the 29th of December 1993, on the day of the enlightenment of Gautama Buddha, the 34-meter tall Tian Tan can be almost seen from Macau on a clear day. The name Tian Tan comes from the Altar of Heaven or Earthly Mount of Tian Tan, the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, from which it is modeled. The statue is reached after a long climb of 268 steps. It is surrounded by 6 devas offering gifts. The statue is located on […]
On Lantau Island in Hong Kong is one of the 5 biggest Buddha statues in China: The Tian Tan Buddha. The 34 meter high Bronze Buddha statue sits on a lotus throne on a small hill accessed by a long flight of stairs (268 steps). The serene Buddha is also surrounded by six smaller bronze statues of Devas called “The offerings of the 6 Devas”. These Devas are each posed praising and offering gifts like flowers, incense or fruits (as shown). I liked those six statues around the Buddha. They all had also little signs asking to not throw any […]
Thailand is a Buddhist country, but Animism is also omnipresent and interwoven in daily prayers and religious ceremonies, especially in rural parts and the North.
Spirits and ghosts live everywhere in Thailand. Unlike in western culture where they are mostly feared and banished, Thai people pay a particular respect to them.
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