Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is a Theravada Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai Province, Thailand. The temple is often referred to as "Doi Suthep" although this is actually the name of the mountain it is built on. It is located 15 kilometres from the city of Chiang Mai and is a sacred site to many Thai people.
The temple is said to have been founded in 1383 when the first chedi was built. Over time, the temple has expanded and become more extravagant with many pagodas, statues and shrines. A road to the temple was not built until 1935.
According to legend, a monk named Sumanathera from Sukhothai had a dream in which he was told to go to Pang Cha and look for a relic. The monk accordingly went to Pang Cha and is said to have found a bone, which many claim was Buddha's shoulder bone. The relic displayed magical powers; it glowed, it was able to vanish, it could move itself and replicate itself. Sumanathera took the relic to King Dharmmaraja who ruled the Sukhothai.
The eager Dharmmaraja made offerings and hosted a ceremony when Sumanathera arrived. However, the relic displayed no abnormal characteristics and the king, doubtful of its authenticity, told Sumanathera to keep it.
However, King Nu Naone of the Lanna Kingdom heard of the relic and asked the monk to take it to him instead. In 1368 with Dharmmaraja's permission, Sumanathera took the relic to what is now Lamphun, in northern Thailand. The relic apparently split in two, one piece was the same size, the other was smaller than the original.
The smaller piece was enshrined at a temple in Suandok. The other piece was placed by the King on the back of a white elephant which was released in the jungle. The elephant is said to have climbed up Doi Suthep, at the time called Doi Aoy Chang (Sugar Elephant Mountain), trumpeted three times before dying on the mountain. The elephant's death was interpreted as a sign and King Nu Naone ordered the construction of a temple at the site.
The temple has become a major tourist attraction in recent years due to the magnificence of its architecture and closeness to Chiang Mai. It is reached from the road by several hundred steps, but an easier option now exists in the form of an elevator. There is no charge to enter the temple, but a small fee is payable to use the elevator. The site is often crowded with many tourists and devotees vying for space.
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siudzi (34141) 2013-05-31 0:41
Wow! What a superb place you have visited! This truly gold temple looks extremely outstanding and it will be always a great subject for photographers. Well seen and executed scene. TFS.
dkmurphys (58072) 2013-05-31 0:46
Attractive shiny colors of this street scene. Truly spectacular, well taken.
Have a fine day.
carlo62 (47503) 2013-05-31 0:50
il colore dell'oro è sicuramente di grande prestigio per questo popolo, viene riproposto per ogni cosa, creando un effetto molto particolare.
Bella la presenza di tutte queste persone ad animare la scena, rende bene l'idea di ciò che succede realmente.
dta (77606) 2013-05-31 1:13
Bonjour Stephen ,
Juste dommage d'avoir coupé la flèche du temple , car c'est une vue d'excellente qualité , lumineuse et colorée , de ce lieu apprècié des toursyes semble-t-il .
jemaflor (96835) 2013-05-31 1:17
What a beautiful golden temple, well taken, nice light management, tfs.
besnard (56219) 2013-05-31 1:47
Une bonne prise de ce joli temple tout doré qui se détache sur un beau ciel bleu. Il manque juste la pointe mais celà n'enlève rien à la beauté du site.
ChrisJ (113309) 2013-05-31 2:38
I've been there a couple of times and know how hard it is to get the whole building in frame. I like the angled pov and the repetitive patterns of the fg tiles. The people add scale and animate the scene as well as providing context. Nice warm cold color contrasts between the blue sky and yellow and red temple spires and roofs. Tfs!
timecapturer (49288) 2013-05-31 2:39
an iconic image of this part of the world, with glorious golden hues and the shapes that we associate with the temples. It looks amazing and must be wonderful to experience it first hand. Compelling and beautiful imagery!
Have a splendid weekend - Brian.
wolf38 (31296) 2013-05-31 3:01
Hi Stephen. What a nice place. The temple has a lot of popularity. The colors are really gorgeous. Good description and presentation.
williewhistler (16394) 2013-05-31 4:31
Hello Stephen,from your nice clear photo it is clear how popular this most attractive site is,so you did really well to portray the ornate temple and surrounding area without too many intrusive b.. tourists.
Gorgeous colours and sharpness.
Sergiom (78667) 2013-05-31 5:21
Il y a beaucoup de vie et de mouvement sur ce beau parquet à ciel ouvert. Les couleurs sont belles et bien appuyées. Dommage qu'il eut fallu couper le sommet de la coupole.
Nicou (141202) 2013-05-31 6:20
fantastique temple doré quelle vue et image quel captage et compo avec les pèlerins une merveille grandiose compo et image.
Bravo et amitié
pajaran (60113) 2013-05-31 6:45
Dobar dan, popodne.
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst o starom Hramu, sa datim podacima ...
Dobra kompozicija, lepo pokazan hram i trenutak sa posetiocima.
Lepa arhitektura i boje.
Prijatno popodne i sve najbolje za vikend.
Good afternoon, this afternoon.
Very interesting and good article about the old temple, with the given data ...
Good composition, beautiful church and shown the moment with the visitors.
Beautiful architecture and colors.
Good afternoon and all the best for the weekend.
pierrefonds (65898) 2013-05-31 7:46
La présence des gens a un effet d'échelle de grandeur. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs du temple. L'image est claire et nette. La bonne luminosité met en valeur les couleurs de l'image. Bonne soirée.
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-05-31 9:44
Beautiful details here Stephen, the golden stupa and parasol make a very good FP from which all the other details flow. I loved this place but it was less busy than you show here. Did you walk up to the top and make penance? I didn't but I did walk down ;) Have a good weekend. Rosemary
ourania (45048) 2013-05-31 9:57
this is a superb picture with fascinating details, colours and vividness. I like very much your composition and the relief of the clear foreground; the excellent use of perspectives makes the viewing of the busy scenery very comfortable. Great sharpness and colour definition contribute to this as well. The people's movement in this composition doesn't look disturbing but attractive. The light is marvellous and really enhances the liveliness of the colours and of the scene. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
Romano46 (18472) 2013-05-31 10:34
qui trionfano alla grande tutti i colori della Thailandia con l'oro profuso a piene mani, pagode e templi di grande bellezza.
Lo splendorte dell'architettura è innegabile e la composizione si presenta abbastanza piacevole.
Un altro bel ricordo del tuo viaggio condiviso piacevolmente in TE.
In aggiunta delle note molto esaurienti completano il tuoi buon lavoro.
Ciao e buona serata
tedesse (25135) 2013-05-31 15:26
Beautiful postcard from Thailand!
Excellent POV and composition, nicely framed picture showing a Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai. Nice colors and light, good sharpness.
Have a nice weekend
Urs (14082) 2013-05-31 16:35
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is one of the old and famous Thai monasteries from the Lanna time. It is well restored and very popular among Thais, but of course as your shots proves among foreigners. Very vibrant colour hues with high sharpness. I like that you included the visitors, that adds life to your shot and gives the viewer a perspective of the dimension. Well done
emka (96565) 2013-05-31 23:20
Aren't the Thai temples wonderful? fantastic golden chedi. I love this rich decoration. Fantastic facade of the temple on the left. I remember going around barefoot on the hot day - it was sometimes painful.
Silvio1953 (142175) 2013-06-01 4:37
Ciao Stephen, great view of fantastic temple, lovely composition with a lot of people, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
Noel_Byrne (31006) 2013-06-01 8:48
My eyes are not accustomed to seeing so much gold used in decoration and architecture, and I must say its a pleasant experience to sample it here. A stunning array of buildings, all seem to built with utmost attention to detail. You again, as always, chose a perfect angle on this as the tiled paths lead the eye off in both directions.
Thanks also for the excellent note to explain this wondrous place.
Cricri (118877) 2013-06-01 23:04
Un site très touristique, bel angle de prise du temple couleur d'or sous une sublime lumière et le ciel bien bleu, belle présentation
fabbs99 (17163) 2013-06-03 23:38
Golden pagoda looks resplendent.Superb exposure and pov.
ikeharel (70753) 2013-06-05 6:54
Shining golden tone dominating the temple scene, Stephen, and good contrast with the visitors around.
The strong daylight notable, by one lady with the parasol.
Nice clear shot and from fine POV.
serp2000 (44075) 2014-04-21 21:56
This is wonderful and picturesque Wat, you are lucky photographer, I remember only the cloudy sky (like a milk) over Chiang Mai. But anyway I was surprised with this city. Thanks for memories!
Greetings from Russia!
- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (98297)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-02-00
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 1100D, Canon 18-55mm EF-S f/3.5-5.6 IS
- Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-05-31 0:26