Chiang Mai, Thailand
Happy Halloween! Of course Halloween isn't celebrated here, so.....
Wat Phra Singh is a perfect example of Lanna architecture. It's been an important temple here for 700 years and was constructed by King Phayoo of the Mengrai Dynasty-
There are numerous temples on the site-
These three monks were in deep meditation. They didn't move!
These four monks were on the other side of the altar-
Once again, there are many murals that are frescoes, painted directly on the walls-
This jade Buddha seemed quite unique-
This is the main attraction at Wat Phra Singh-
This very large Buddha is inside. Notice the monks in front.
Here's another monk in deep meditation-
This replica of a former important monk to this temple is covered in gold leaf. They've even put a pair of plastic framed glasses on him!
Gold leaf can be purchased in 2 cm squares and the faithful apply it to Buddhas and other artifacts-
Wat Chiang Man is the oldest wat in the city. It was erected by King Mengrai, the founder of Chiang Mai in 1296. Phrra Sila - the Marble Buddha, which is 1800 years old and Phra Setangamani-the Crystal Buddha -2500 years old, live here.
I love the detail and bright colors-
The main altar has a silver Buddha sitting in front-
Behind him are the Crystal and Marble Buddhas. They are in the cage and hard to see-
There are lots of murals, a typical Lanna style-
The evening market was fun - everything imaginable is there. Today was a lot of fun!