A young man is contemplating the Buddha—or maybe wondering where he will go clubbing in the evening—in a quiet corner of Wat Umong in Thailand. A powerfully spiritual place, Wat Umong, and I am not a particularly spiritual guy.
Wat Chedi Luang was established in the 14th century, but the 1990s reconstruction pictured here is controversial with some claiming the structure is not in the Lanna style of northern Thailand. Or so I have read.
I am sure the monks are watching a devotional show! What else would adolescent boys watch?
The sun breaks through a mostly overcast sky washing Wat Pan On in soft, late afternoon light.
Striking color in this image from Wat Pha Lat of a massive yellow candle burning down in front of the sitting Buddha.
This morning I set out with Jason, an American friend met in Chiang Mai, to visit quiet, lovely Wat Pha Lat. The trip involved a gentle 45 minute climb up to the temple complex. Wat Pha Lat is in fact on the road up the mountain to the larger, better known and more visited Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, which is sort of the center piece of Thailand’s Doi Suthep – Pui National Park in the mountains to the west of Chiang Mai. But it was nice to come at this smaller temple on foot, getting some exercise in the process.
Although Wat Buppharem was established over 500 years ago when Chiang Mai was still at the center of a northern Thai kingdom, the wat’s largest structure pictured here, the Dhamma hall, was completed in 1996.
Wat Panping is one of the many small wats in the Old City of Chiang Mai.