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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

I really don’t enjoy Vientiane in Laos but I have to admit there are sometimes some good photo opportunities. I caught this photo by the Mekong river, on the new waterfront promenade. A monk was chatting with a tourist who seemed to be very interested in whatever he was saying. I imagined the wisdom-thirsty foreigner […]

~~oOo~~ (Reminder: Click on Photo to view a better size for your screen if too big) In Thailand, Buddhist temples often have bells made of brass or bronze hanging from frameworks of wood or metal. Unlike the gongs in temples that are used to wake up monks and announce prayer times, these bells are used […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

~~oOo~~ Deva statues are found everywhere in Buddhist temples in Chiang Mai and all over Thailand. This one was found on the white wall that usually surrounds the temple and marks its boundary. ~~oOo~~ Quick Tips: I’ve been asked numerous times how to create that effect where the subject is in focus and the background […]

~~oOo~~ This is a shot of the Buddha statues from one of the multiple temples found in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Buddha statues are often found in various positions such as sitting in a lotus flower, meditating, reclining… They can be found carved in different materials like stone, gold, metal, wood, silver… I am curious to […]

~~oOo~~ This is a close-up shot of a gong found in a temple in with a hanging mallet in Chiang Mai, North of Thailand. The gong is usually used for daily timetable. Early in the morning, a monk hits the gong in order to awake the other monks for prayer. During the day, a layman often […]

~~oOo~~ Sweeping the temple grounds is one of the rituals of the Buddhist monk in Thailand. Everyday, at dawn and in the evening, monks take care of the temple compound. They cut the grass, clean the inside of the buildings and sweep the floor. They must uphold certain standards of cleanliness according to one of […]

~~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 […]

~~oOo~~ Wat Chetawan, located outside the old city, is far from being on the list of the most popular temples to visit in Chiang Mai. Hidden behind buildings down Tha Pae road, east of the famous gate, Wat Chetawan, like the neighboring Wat Bupparam and Wat Mahawan temples, was originally built in the late nineteenth century outside […]

Just like everything in life, altar statues or ‘holy statues’ can end up being damaged or broken.
In most cultures of the world nowadays, a broken statue would just be disposed in the trash and forgotten.

~~oOo~~ Did you know some tattoos can stop bullets? Sak Yant tattoos (also known as yantras) are a form of sacred tattoos practiced in South-East Asia, mainly in Thailand. They originated at around the 10th century and are usually a mixture of ancient Khmer script and original Buddhist Pali script. Sak Yant can only be […]

A common scene in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Young monks are often seen chilling on a bench somewhere around the moat, or in temple grounds, chatting together while watching people pass by. Some are even seen playing with their blackberry (true!) or watching videos on youtube on their netbook while sitting in a cafe, or walking […]

What would you think if one day, you entered a place of worship and saw on the walls a drawing of Neo from the Matrix next to Superman, flying to save the day while airplanes are crashing on the WTC towers? Crazy? Well, not in Thailand! North of the Kingdom, near the Burmese border, is […]

~~oOo~~ Now that Loy Krathong and Yi Peng celebrations are over, life is returning to normal here in Chiang Mai (check out the photo essay). Right before the festival, I found these young monks sitting under a bell in the Wat Phra Singh temple, chatting and laughing together. Most monks in Thailand begin their monkhood […]

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 […]

Inside the old city in Chiang Mai are many temples (wat) on every street. The most famous ones are Wat Phra Singh, Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Chiang Man (the oldest temple in Chiang Mai). This is a shot of a temple located in the middle of the city, called Wat Chang Taem. It’s a […]

Thailand is a predominantly Buddhist country. There are many temples in the city and very often you encounter people praying and making offerings to Buddha (Wai Phra). The offerings often consist of a candle, a flower (usually a lotus), a small square gold leaf and 3 incense sticks. The Buddhist holds the candle, flower and incense sticks […]

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