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Yi Peng: The festival of lights in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Once again, for the third time since I’ve been living in Chiang Mai, I had the pleasure to attend to one of the most beautiful and photogenic festivals in the world: Yi Peng and Loy Krathong. Yi Peng (or Yee Peng) is a festival of light that coincides with Loy Krathong in Thailand. It’s a Lanna festival so it is mainly celebrated in the northern part of the country. The festival takes place during the 2nd lunar month of the Lanna calendar (Yi means ‘2nd’ and Peng means ‘month’) which usually falls on a November. The main attraction during this […]

Monks and Lanterns

Temples and White Strings ~ 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 […]


Wat Buppharam, the Sunset Temple ~ Thailand

Wat Buppharam, is one of the most beautiful temples (and probably my favorite) in Chiang Mai, about 500m away from the tourist zone at Tha Phae gate. I think it best shows its glory during sunset when the golden light enhances the warm colors. The site of Wat Buppharam is of historical importance, as it is from here that in 1797 Chao Kawila took back the city of Chiang Mai after 200 years of Burmese rule. The temple was built in 1497 by King Phra Muang Kaew on the site of a palace of King Thokarat his Great-Grandfather. The architecture […]

A temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Makha Bucha night in Chiang Mai ~ Thailand

Yesterday night, Thailand celebrated Makha Bucha, an important Buddhist festival celebrated in South-East Asia on the full moon day of the third lunar month (which usually falls around end of February or beginning of March). Makha Bucha commemorates two separate events that occurred on the same date 45 years apart, during the Buddha’s lifetime. The first event was the coming together of 1,250 monks to meet and be ordained by the Buddha, and the second event was the Buddha delivering his teachings shortly before his death, 45 years later. During this highly ceremonial event, Thai people make merit by going […]


Terracotta Buddha ~ Thailand

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 […]

Terracotta Buddha ~Thailand

Buddha and the Monk ~ Thailand

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~~

Buddha and the Monk - Thailand

Wat Chedi Luang Stupa ~ Thailand

The Chedi Luang Temple (Wat Chedi Luang) is one of the most famous temples inside the old city of Chiang Mai in Thailand, especially known for the old imposing stupa. The construction of Wat Chedi Luang began in the 14th century and was completed in the mid-15th century. At that time, the chedi was about 82m (270ft) high. In 1468 the famous Emerald Buddha was housed on the eastern niche (shown on the right side on the photo). However, in 1545, an earthquake damaged the chedi and the upper part collapsed. The Emerald Buddha was then moved to Luang Prabang […]

Wat Chedi Luang Stupa - Thailand

Ganesh’s Broken Tusk ~ Thailand

During a visit to one of the most peculiar temples in Chiang Mai (more on this temple another time), I noticed a statue of Ganesh, one of the most worshiped gods in the Hindu religion represented with an Elephant head, a big belly and four arms. Ganesh is also known as Ekadanta, “the lord who has only one tusk”. He has a broken right tusk and is often represented with his right hand holding his broken tusk. There seems to be multiple stories on why his tusk is broken: – The first legend is related to a battle between Parashurama and Ganesh: Parashurama […]

Ganesh's Broken Tusk ~ Thailand