STOP 5 @ DOI INTHANON NATIONAL PARK TOUR
Heading up the Mountain in our bus, it became foggier & foggier, this was in June, 2009.
Near the top of the Summit, where the Royal Chedi's are, it was thick fog, and rain! not the best to see the supposedly beautiful gardens and distant views.
From the carpark, there is an escalator that will take you to both the Chedi's if you do not feel like climbing a lot of steps or getting wet.
The largest, is King Bhumibol's Chedi, built by the Royal Thai Air Force to commemorate his 60th birthday, and inaugurated on December 5, 1987.
On the other side, clad in lilac-purple rather than copper, stands the less massive, but more elegant spire of Queen Sirikit's Chedi, also built by the Royal Thai Air Force, this time to commemorate the Queen's 60th birthday, and inaugurated on August 12, 1992.
Inside are murals and Buddhist themes, beautifuly done.
These stand amidst what looked to be, beautiful gardens, of which I could just make out in the fog.
I can only imagine how beautiful this area would be in fine weather, and a return visit for me is a must.
Also here are Toilets, and a Cafe which sells a few souvenirs.
Temples in Chiangmai show off a mixture of architectural styles that reflect the varied heritage of Northern Thailand.
Lanna Thai, Burmese, Sri Lankan and Mon temple's elements have all been used in one from or another.
Intricate woodcarvings or Naga serpent staircases add a flamboyance that reflects an awesome reverence for the Buddhist religion.
Gilded umbrellas, guardian figures from the tales of the Ramayana, Chedi and stupas trimmed with god filigree combine to heighten the overall effect.
Over 300 temples constructed in Chiangmai an its outskirts.
Landmark's temple for Chiangmai :
Wat Phra Thaat Doi Suthep is set amongst the peaks of Doi Suthep.
It has a lovely setting with a panoramic view of Chiangmai and the Mae Ping River valley. Although Wat Doi Suthep is the most recently built of the temples dating from the Lanna Thai period, it is the symbol of Chiangmai.
Fondest memory: Wat Phrathaat Doi Suthep.
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Favorite thing: This was an interesting Chedi that looked like there was some restoration being attempted on it. These monuments were robbed of their heads by early explorers. So all through South- East Asia you will find beautiful sculptures that are missing their heads!
Favorite thing: Nagas, or protective serpents, may well be seen all over Thailand, but in Chiang Mai, with the concentration of wats in a relatively small area, you can't move without bumping into one! Acting as guardians against evil spirits, they are usually to be found flanking the walls and staircases of temples as well as being carved into rooves, doors etc...
Favorite thing: Bounded by a moat and walls, old Chiang Mai is a very 'convenient' square, within which there is an enormous concentration of wats. Its a wonderful city to simply walk round and see where your nose and feet take you.
Favorite thing: Chiang Mai was part of varies kingdoms during its history and been rules by many kings, this Three Kings Monument is according to the legend story and has become a symbol of Chiang Mai.
Located at Phrapokklao Road between Rajdumern Road ad Rajwithee Road, Chiang Mai City.
They are kings who created Thai words, Chiang Mai builder and unioner. It means the peace in North-Thailand.
Favorite thing: This is an older Temple that had some very old stonework on the grounds. I love wandering the grounds like this and dreaming of some ancient king walking there too!
Favorite thing: This Temple looked quite a bit newer than most of the Temples that I visited. Personally I like to visit the older ones. It seems to give me the feeling that I'm traveling back in time!
Favorite thing: There are several Monasteries in the area that you can visit. The Monks are quite friendly and love to practice their English. Here you can see the beautiful saffron robes hanging to dry.