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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 […]

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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 […]

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Wat Chedi Luang ~ Thailand


Inside the walls of the old city in Chiang Mai, Wat Chedi Luang is probably the second most famous temple (after Wat Phra Singh). Built in the mid-15th century and damaged after an earthquake in 1545, it used to be the home of the famous ‘Emerald Buddha’ (which is now in Bangkok). The ruin stands about 60m (200ft) tall, making that tree next to it look quite impressive. It’s one of my favorite trees in Chiang Mai actually. For those who don’t know, Chiang Mai is a big city that extends in every direction but is not a very “tall […]

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The Happy Meditating Monk ~ Thailand


I wish I could be in this state more often but lately, since I came back from holiday, I’m more in a stressed-busy mode. Catching up with work, writing, editing, catching up with photos, friends, and waiting for good news.. I just can’t sit still! So instead of a photo of me jumping around, here’s a photo of a nice little monk, enjoying the garden, listening to birds sing and meditating with a big smile. I saw this little buddy in a temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Latest News In a few weeks, it will be my website’s first year […]

The Happy Meditating Monk ~ 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~~

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Buddha’s Halo~ Thailand


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.

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Wat Chetawan’s chedi ~ Thailand


~~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 the city walls and moat by Burmese teak merchants. As a result these temples incorporate several Burmese elements in their design. This photo is one of the three chedis (or stupas) which combines both type of architecture. A chedi contains Buddhist relics and is often used […]

Wat Chetawan's chedi ~ Thailand

The Happy Monk Statue ~ Thailand


~~oOo~~ If you have ever visited temples in Thailand, you have probably seen these little stone-carved statues of monks in the premises. They are often little chubby monks in bright orange robes with a huge smile or a very peaceful expression holding their bowls to receive the alms. They are often placed in green areas around the temples. I don’t really know the story behind the statuettes, or if there even is a story, but I feel it adds some life and positive energy to the area. How can you not smile when you find it on your way? ~~oOo~~ Quick […]

The Happy Monk Statue - Thailand