Monuments and Wat, Chiang Mai

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  • Monuments and Wat
    by yatingchen
  • Gardens in the fog
    Gardens in the fog
    by balhannah
  • Murals
    Murals
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    ROYAL CHEDI'S @ DOI INTHANON NATIONAL PARK

    by balhannah Written Aug 20, 2009

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    Favorite thing: 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.

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    Chiangmai with over 300 temples

    by suraphona Updated Mar 8, 2003

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    Phrathaat Doi Suthep

    Favorite thing: 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.
    9 March 03

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    Very old Chedi

    by herzog63 Written Mar 1, 2003

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    Chedi

    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!

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    Nagas

    by leffe3 Written Jan 24, 2003

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    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...

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    What wat

    by leffe3 Written Nov 30, 2002

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    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.

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    The Three Kings Monument

    by Gili_S Written Jun 2, 2008

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    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.

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    Three Kings Mounument

    by yatingchen Written Feb 16, 2008

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    Favorite thing: 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.

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    Old Temple with some ruins

    by herzog63 Updated Jul 6, 2003

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    Buddhist Temple

    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!

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    • Architecture

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    Newer Temple

    by herzog63 Updated Jul 6, 2003

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    Buddhist Temple

    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!

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    Monastery

    by herzog63 Written Mar 1, 2003

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    Buddhist Monastary

    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.

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