I thought I was well and truly over looking at wats, but I must admit I really did enjoy traipsing around Chiang Mai a bit, with JJ, rediscovering their intrigue and beauty. I like to know a little about what I've seen, so once back to my computer, I try to do a bit of research. Please feel free to correct me if I get it wrong.
...then by a couple of rather scantily clad, lazy looking, well fed yaksha warriors. Apparently yaksha can be either fearless in the appearance or a bit on the portly side. Then this extraordinary doorway.
I'm not being melodramatic, but this is usually as close as I can get to taking a good photo of an image of Buddha, inside a wat. That's him, glinting in the shadows. For some reason they're always out of focus. However, I rarely use a flash. It just seems disrespectful to do so, especially if people are worshipping at the time. And, even if I do, I think all of that glistening gold sends my camera into a tizzy. I checked JJ's photos too...but hers were the same.
I had no trouble taking this one, it's as big as a barn and well lit and outside. By the way, don't sit on the timber seats nearby...some type of wasp or bee, is nesting in it...ouch!
A cute couple at the side of the wat.
Pretty shutters covering a window.
Heading east along Sri Poom Rd, we approached the white walls, mounted with gold horses, of the next temple grounds.
I dread to think how many disco mirror balls were sacrificed in the making of this wall. It's impressive to say the least.
As is this rustic timber sign which I'd like to take home to decorate my lounge room wall...please tell me it's written in old Lanna script! Otherwise my Thai studies are not going as well as I thought they were ;) I haven't had time to translate this one, so can't tell you which wat it is. We spotted dogs lying around inside, so voted to give it a miss. From the outside it didn't look like there was much to see on the inside...I could be completely wrong.
|Does anyone out there read Lanna?|
I'll end the post here, before we reach Wat Chiang Man, otherwise it will be incredibly long and anyway, we both need to stop for coffee, and one of us needs cake!
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