|The monk on the right has an interesting look on his face, a knowing look perhaps? Whilst his fellow monk has a more serene vibe.|
Buddhism is one of the reasons why Thai people are loved by so many foreigners. The rich culture of Buddhists is very prevalent in the city. Visiting Chiang Mai just for the temples is worth it. A favorite of mine is Wat Lok Moli, just outside the north west of the old city, which is an old temple complex and close to where I have stayed.
Yesterday it was the Chiang Mai Saturday Night Market and I visited Wat Sri Suphan for the first time. It is possibly the most spectacular of the Buddhist temples I have visited. I have a backlog of photos to get through (I took over 300 last night alone), but I will certainly have some photos of these temples and people at them soon.
Although I have a large backlog of photos to get through, I shall post ones from the Loy Krathong and Yee Peng festivals just after they take place between the 2nd to 5th November. This time we shall be visiting the river Ping to see the floating lanterns in the water, plus the larger flying lanterns in the sky. It promises to be a spectacular event, with 4 days of cultural and religious celebrations including traditional dancing and other entertainment.
For now let's have a look at the beautiful interior of the temple at Wat Phan Tao, where I hope to capture the sight of monks spread out with candles beside water and letting off lanterns on the 2nd or 3rd of November.
|Wat Phan Tao in the Old City. Home to this beautiful old temple and very special outdoor ceremonies with monks besides water.|