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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carlo62 (50127) 2013-06-02 0:38
bello questo angolo, molto particolare per i simboli e per i colori.
Un ottimo scatto ed una bella condivisione.
Royaldevon (39766) 2013-06-02 0:46
Good Morning Stephen,
I love to read these stories of religions and mysteries; the supernatural had massive power!
I am always struck by the architectural differences in the east and west, even the bell shapes have a significance. Now, that is some formidable bell! I love the elegant terminal, where it is attached to the support.
Your viewpoint is well chosen, for leads and perspective, whilst the details are pin sharp.
Have a good Sunday,
besnard (56599) 2013-06-02 1:11
Une image intéressante et bien cadrée que tu n'as ramené de l'autre bout du monde. C'est toujours intéressant de découvrir la façon de vivre d'autres peuples.
tedesse (25135) 2013-06-02 1:56
Another interesting frame, showing the interesting details of the Buddhist temple.
Excellent POV, great colors and sharpness.
Have a nice Sunday
lousat (92936) 2013-06-02 2:08
Salut Steph,un titre tres originale,parfaite pur cette photo depuis ce temple qui j'ai vu a la tele hier soir,excellent capture comme d'habitude aves details et couleurs super,je suis un peu triste parce que la cloche a sonne' pour ma maman cette semaine....bon Dimanche et merci,Luciano
papagolf21 (103026) 2013-06-02 3:15
Bonjour, cher Stephen,
Merci de nous faire voyager d'une aussi belle façon. C'est toujours avec grand plaisir que je découvre de bien belles images.
Merci également pour la note d'accompagnement.
timecapturer (49288) 2013-06-02 3:17
now that IS a bell. It looks so magnificent in this setting. An amazing mix of characteristic elements and all captured so beautifully. Amazing and fascinating!
Enjoy a peaceful Sunday - Brian.
Noel_Byrne (31672) 2013-06-02 4:15
That is a heck of a bell!! This is a very interesting scene with the bell, the lion (I think?) and the statue of the child. A great range og colours as well, the red and gold looks great and the small blue plaque is a nice addition as well!
Romano46 (18472) 2013-06-02 4:19
questi templi del nord della Thailandia sono un vero gioiello per la loro semplice bellezza e per la ricchezza di colori che li contraddistingue.
Gli stili sono diversi tra l'uno e l'altro, ma i colori e gli arredi più bizzarri non mancano mai.
Una vera delizia per chi si accontenta di osservarli in fotografia.
Ciao e buona domenica
Silvio1953 (145703) 2013-06-02 5:27
Ciao Stephen, lovely composition with fantastic bell, excellent clarity, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Sergiom (81847) 2013-06-02 5:48
Quel joli titre. Un lion qui baille, un enfant qui semble prier, une cloche à sonner et un décor environnant typique de la Thaïlande colorée et dorée.
ourania (47150) 2013-06-02 7:06
such a well composed and framed picture presenting a very interesting setting. I like very much how the slight perspective you gave to your composition has rendered the description more thorough and balanced. Depth and sharpness are excellent, the contrasting colours and textures are lovely and well balanced too. The soft lighting is relaxing and pleasing. The sound of this bell must be sublime. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely week,
Nicou (144332) 2013-06-02 7:13
quelle cloche et image sueprbe elle est immense avec ce support toute belle dorée merveilleuse image et captage intéressant.
Bravo et amitié
Fis2 (99766) 2013-06-02 10:59
A very interesting place.
Good frame and composition.
I like it.
Have a nice evening
chrisvek (7001) 2013-06-02 19:02
So wonderful composition and indoor shot.Perfect colors and saturation.Amazing POV and lightning usage.Wlell done!
All the best
Urs (14082) 2013-06-02 19:05
A devotee surely will ring the bell, asking for any favour. It is a nice POV in the shadow, keeping the grey tone, that it looks very natural. Fine details and high sharpness. Well done
In Laos the police often just watches, because the hawker has paid for the day his bribe.
fabbs99 (17167) 2013-06-02 23:39
Excellent shot of the temple.Lots of colors.A nice and interesting picture with good sharpness, depth, beautiful light and color. Very well done.
Best regards and best wishes.
emka (100039) 2013-06-02 23:50
Wow, this bell is really big. Another photo of magnificent Thai architecture. Funny guardian lion with red claws.
ChrisJ (115569) 2013-06-03 3:06
Good repetition of the vertical elements with more in the bg. Excellent sharpness, colour and saturation. Well composed with the bell on the 1/3 axis. The guardian dragon adds interest at right. Have a nice week!
Cricri (120579) 2013-06-04 9:53
Une composition intéressante suivi d'une note bien détaillée, toujours les même couleurs, mais des sujets ou autre différents, a voir sans aucun doute
macjake (69195) 2013-06-06 9:59
thats quite a story!!
Did you go up and ring the bell? :)
this shot shows the variety of elements you could find at a local Wat in Thailand.
lots to keep our eyes interested.
enjoy your day
- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (100816)
- 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, 1/80 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-06-02 0:30