8 Images From Doi Suthep Buddhist Temple

Fifteen kilometers from Chiang Mai, Thailand is one of the country’s most sacred temples, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, usually known simply as Doi Suthep, a name it shares with the 1 ,676 meter tall granite mountain that the temple towers over the city from. At night the huge golden chedi can be seen like a beacon from the surrounding area. The temple is reached by climbing a 306 step staircase with an intricately carved representation of the mythical Naga Serpent as handrails.

The Golden Chedi at Doi Suthep

The Golden Chedi at Doi Suthep

The original chedi was built 1383 and the wat has been greatly expanded and remodeled over the centuries. The first road to the temple wasn’t built until 1935. Legend says that a white elephant, carrying a relic of the Buddha, was released into the jungle and began to climb Doi Suthep. The elephant trumpeted three times and then died on the mountain. Seeing the elephant’s death as a sign, King Nu Naone orderd that a temple be built at what is now Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.

Oil Candle and Ladle at Doi Suthep

Oil Candle and Ladle at Doi Suthep

Doi Suthep is still very much a working temple and one of the most visited places in the north of Thailand. It is also a fascinating place to photograph and just watch the movement day to day life in this sacred place. The ride to the temple, especially on a motorcycle, offers some nice views of Chiang Mai and it is a great place to escape the heat of the city and enjoy another retirement mini-adventure.

Reflection of the Buddha in an Oil Candle

Reflection of the Buddha in an Oil Candle

All of these images were made, handheld, with my Canon EOS 6D 20.2 MP DSLR with theEF24-105mm IS Lens Kit.

Monks Praying at Doi Suthep

Monks Praying at Doi Suthep

Monks Worshiping at Doi Suthep

Monks Worshiping at Doi Suthep

Children Studying at Doi Suthep

Children Studying at Doi Suthep

View of Chiang Mai from Doi Suthep

View of Chiang Mai from Doi Suthep

The Naga Snake Stairway to Doi Suthep

The Naga Snake Stairway to Doi Suthep

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Author: Jonathan Look

In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn't intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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