A feature of visits to many of of the historical sites in Thailand is the school groups. Always immaculately turned out and well behaved. An opportunity here for a group photo.
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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AdrianWrobel (1676) 2013-06-03 1:01
Heil, bardzo kolorowa fotografia, Podoba mi siê to ujêcie. Pozdrawiam - Adrian
williewhistler (15405) 2013-06-03 2:11
Hello Stephen, it looks as if you did get the attention of one of the group whilst the rest were otherwise engaged,their presence has certainly added an extra colourful dimension to the interesting location.
The upright format working very well.
Romano46 (18472) 2013-06-03 5:02
due colpi in un solo scatto: una foto ricordo ed un temmpio eccellente a fare da sfondo ed anche da soggetto.
I colori sono bellissimi e tipici dell'ambiente, la nitidezza buona e la composizione ben riuscita.
Ciao e buon inizio di settimana
Sergiom (66209) 2013-06-03 5:03
Je crois bien que tu as profité de la situation pour saisir cette classe d'enfants dans son ensemble qui pose devant ce superbe temple d'or. Une photo pleine de vie et de mouvement.
Fis2 (89347) 2013-06-03 6:36
Good frame and fine colors.
Have a nice afternoon
Urs (14082) 2013-06-03 8:10
I love that, you did the same what I do often, using people posing as a good FG when shooting a monument. You were lucky they are brightly dressed, setting an excellent contrast of red vs. gold. Good photo job
Policemen all over Asia, there are some exception, in particular Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, are lazy. They only work when forced or when they are patriotic. I guess 70%-80% of the police force in Asia are corrupt, I cannot prove it, but often you just use 500 Baht or 50 RM note instead of a driving licence. It works only when there are 1 or 2 officer, if there are more nobody can bribe them. So far I never bribed, but you have to know how it works.
Noel_Byrne (26998) 2013-06-03 10:17
What a place to get your school photo taken, it certainly beats the grey wall at the back of mine. Aside from the wonderful golden buildings here, one of the most appealing things to me is that the entire ground seems to be tiled. In this shot, the tile on the left reflects the golden tower beautifully.
jemaflor (88767) 2013-06-03 12:58
Another nice photo about this golden temple, Well the fg with these people, Light and sharpness are well managed.
ACL1978 (7511) 2013-06-03 18:01
Amazing to be able to have this in your school photo, Stephen - great capture of another photographer's shot, from an angle that really accentuates the temple behind them beautifully.
emka (85179) 2013-06-03 23:36
JHi Stephen, How nice that the school kids learn the history and art of their country. I always admire how well they look in school uniforms, even in poor countries. There was an idea of some sort of school uniforms in Poland but finally it was rejected. A pity imho.
Splendid architecture of Thai temples.
Royaldevon (33007) 2013-06-04 0:43
This shot had immediate impact on me!
The colours are quite amazing!
I felt that I was looking at the city of gold!
You have made a fine composition with that line of kneeling schoolgirls for immediate attention and the girls behind creating a natural upward movement, towards the temple.
I love the textural details.
Have a great day,
Fine and sunny, here, for the fourth day!! Yipee!
timecapturer (49288) 2013-06-04 4:41
a school photo unlike any other I have seen. The colours and setting here are just magnificent and you have captured the mood and beauty so beautifully. Excellent!
Cricri (110627) 2013-06-04 11:28
Une belle opportunité de ce groupe d'écolier posant devant le temple, toujours une belle lumière et couleur dorée, très belle présentation
Silvio1953 (129304) 2013-06-04 11:55
Ciao Stephen, great view of fantastic architecture, beautiful composition with students in pose, splendid light, excellent clarity and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
ChrisJ (103531) 2013-06-05 3:11
The red shirts, orange tiles / roof, and the gilded chedi all give a superb warm cold contrast against the blue skies. Good sharpness and smart choice of a vertical format to get the top of the tall spire in frame. Tfs!
wolf38 (31284) 2013-06-05 23:41
Hi Stephen. Anyone who travels photographs. Of course, everyone would like to have a reminder of his journey. Interestingly, these photos will be in only a few years later.
delpeoples (54659) 2013-06-07 3:53
Hi dear Stephen
There are two wonderful subjects in this photo. Of course there is the architectural jewel, but the other jewel is the presence of those happy school children. What a fantastic place to have a school excursion! Incandescent colours and light, the reflection on the tiles on the left of the frame, is particularly attractive.
Thanks for sharing, have a beautiful Friday
amaryllis (35597) 2013-06-07 11:28
Belle réalisation avec ces enfants de l'école bien placés pour la circonstance, le dallage est superbe et le temple en arrière plan doré est de toute beaute.
Une série vraiment remarquable
- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (88982)
- Genre: People
- 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, 1/640 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-06-03 0:32