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!








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