One in a series of pictures taken in the Northern Thai city of Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai is a haven of peace after the hustle and bustle of Bangkok. With over three hundred Buddhist temples there is much to see and all in relative tranquility. It also offers access to the Golden Triangle and some impressive mountain scenery.
Some information from Wikipedea:
Chiang Mai is the largest and most culturally significant city in northern Thailand. It is the capital of Chiang Mai Province, a former capital of the Kingdom of Lanna (1296–1768) and was the tributary Kingdom of Chiang Mai from 1774 until 1939. It is located 700 kilometers (435 miles) north of Bangkok, among the highest mountains in the country. The city lies along the Ping River, a major tributary of the Chao Phraya River. Chiang Mai means "new city" and was so-named because it was the new capital, founded in 1296, succeeding Chiang Rai (founded 1262) in the capital of the Lanna kingdom.
In recent years, Chiang Mai has become an increasingly modern city and has been attracting over 5 million visitors each year, of which between 1.4 million and 2 million are foreign tourists.
It has recently positioned itself to become a Creative City, and is considering applying for Creative City Status with UNESCO. Chiang Mai is the only tourist destination in Thailand to have made it into the 2012 list of "25 Best Destinations in the World" of the popular travel website TripAdvisor, it stands in place 24.
Chiang Mai's historic importance is derived from its close proximity to the Ping River and major trading routes.
King Mengrai founded the city of Chiang Mai in 1296 on the location of an older city of the Lawa people called Wiang Nopburi. Chiang Mai succeeded Chiang Rai as the capital of the Lanna kingdom. The ruler was known as the Chao.
The city was surrounded by a moat and a defensive wall, since nearby Burma was a constant threat as well as the armies of the Mongol Empire which only decades earlier had conquered most of Yunnan, China, and in 1292 overran the bordering Thai Lü kingdom of Chiang Hung. Parts of the moat and restored defensive walls are still visible.
With the decline of the Lanna Kingdom, the city lost importance and was occupied by the Burmese in 1556. Chiang Mai formally became part of Siam in 1775 by an agreement with Chao Kavila, after the Thai King Taksin helped drive out the Burmese. Because of the Burmese counterattacks, Chiang Mai was abandoned between 1776 and 1791. Lampang then served as the capital of what remained of Lanna. In the intervening years Chiang Mai has subsequently regained its position, slowly growing in cultural, trading and economic importance to its current status as the unofficial capital of northern Thailand, second in importance only to Bangkok.
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delpeoples (58620) 2013-05-07 1:00
Jeez I wouldn't want to have to say the title of your photo with too many vinoes on board! :) A wonderful scene, full of colour, character and detail. The human element is essential to give us a sense of scale and also that idea of temples and churches at the end of the day, being something also for the people - not just the gods.
Thanks for sharing, have a lovely day
dkmurphys (60125) 2013-05-07 1:18
Spectacular colors and decorations in your capture. I like this image, a document of their living traditions. Good work!
sandpiper (6788) 2013-05-07 1:37
Glad you enjoyed northern Thailand, we have a house just north of CM. I will retire there in a few years, beautiful part of the world.
Great shot with good composition from inside the temple, been here several time. I always find so calm inside Thai temples....
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-05-07 1:49
Hello Stephen - The north of Thailand is my favorite area of the country. I too enjoy the slower pace and closeness of the mountains and forests. Excellent detail in this shot, love the 20 baht notes hanging from the yellow festoons and all the paper decorations around the pillars. Colourful and bright! Lovelt DL shot. Warm regards Rosemary
ChrisJ (115577) 2013-05-07 2:41
Good to see you made it to the north of Thailand to be able to compare with Bangkok. Many tourists head off either out of Thailand or south. Lion Temple in English. I like the gaudy pink carpet contrasting against the gold tones of the statues and pennants at top with the Thai King on the currency notes. Tfs!
Nicou (144352) 2013-05-07 3:25
quelle image et scène fantastique quelle dorures sur ce boudah et tous les pèlerins à ses pieds super photo.
Bravo et amitié
Sergiom (81929) 2013-05-07 5:04
C'est grandiose comme image. On se croirait dans un film à grands déploiements en technicolor. Le point de vue est superbe et l'ensemble très symétrique.
Fis2 (99832) 2013-05-07 6:12
Good POV and composition.
I like colours.
Have a nice afternoon
pierrefonds (67633) 2013-05-07 9:24
Les colonnes aident au cadrage de l'image. La prise de vue permet de voir le moine bouddhiste et des détails et les couleurs de la statue de Bouddha. La bonne luminosité fait ressortir les couleurs. Bonne soirée.
carlo62 (50181) 2013-05-07 14:34
le persone presenti ci fanno apprezzare le dimensioni di questo tempio.
Il colore oro delle statue, contrasta con quello del pavimento, rendendo la foto attraente.
chrisvek (7001) 2013-05-07 19:35
Perfect capture with excellent colors and contrasts.Perfect lightning usage and great atmosphere.Nice result of this indoor shot
Have a nice day
williewhistler (16398) 2013-05-08 2:19
Hello Stephen,there is no mistaking where this was taken.Beautiful colouring and immaculate details even in a challenging light .
Sonata11 (33927) 2013-05-08 7:58
What a beautiful composition of interior architecture. Fabulous vivid colors, light, sharpness, clarity, fantastic POV. I like this picture which is wonderfully done. TFS.
All the best,
tedesse (25135) 2013-05-08 12:14
Good POV and composition.
Wonderful colors and good sharpness.
rogerl (1616) 2013-05-08 13:39
Stephen, the first thing that caught my eye here were the two dominant colors, which divide the image into two parts. Really nicely saturated and very distinct. The activity in the shot is really quite secondary to the visuals here, in my book. Nicely framed as well. Thanks.
Cricri (120645) 2013-05-08 23:34
Très colorées, plein de détails, les personnes donne l'échelle, il règne un silence énorme, de respect, bon POV sur les statues cadrer par les colonnes blanches
ikeharel (73007) 2013-05-10 8:32
Good evening Stephen,
An abundance of gold and red/pink tones.
The monk in mid-pic. share same pose with the big Budha. Lavish decoration, yet charming set.
Well taken the indoor's photo.
- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (100880)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-02-00
- Categories: Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Canon EOS 1100D, Canon 18-55mm EF-S f/3.5-5.6 IS
- Exposure: f/8, 1/20 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-05-07 0:43