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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williewhistler (12735) 2013-06-05 0:30
Hello Stephen,it looks as if selected a good time to visit this attractive site as there are very few people to intrude,instead you have been able to compose the shot showing the floor tiles to good effect.
With beautiful colurs and excellent clarity it`s an fine travel shot.
Best regards Les.
lousat (72855) 2013-06-05 1:47
Hi Steph,the purple tree is like the umbrella on the cocktail,a bright thing in a very rich and beautiful composition whit the tipical thai architechtures in background and beautiful details as usual,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
Fis2 (82394) 2013-06-05 2:08
Nicely place, wonderful climate.
I like POV and composition.
SnapRJW (29358) 2013-06-05 4:15
Hello Stephen - This brings back memories and here you have very few visitors to clutter up the airy openness that shot describes so well. The rich purple bougainvillea provides both shade for the visitors and a colourful accent to your shot. TFS this, I wonder if you took a shot of the view from here? I shall be on the lookout for one. Warm regards Rosemary
jhm (135806) 2013-06-05 4:16
A lovely good maintain place, these floor care for depth and perspective through the nice drawings.
Also wonderful colours through the blossom of the trees.
Your picture is very well made.
Excellent composition, good presentation too. TFS.
pajaran (48959) 2013-06-05 4:49
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst o hramu, sa datim podacima i legendom ...
Dobra kompozicija i perspektiva, lepo pokazano mesto i hram sa posetiocima.
Lepo mesto i arhitektura.
Imajte lep dan, sve najbolje.
Very interesting and good text on the church, with the given data and the legend ...
Good composition and perspective, nice place and the temple shown with visitors.
Nice place and architecture.
Have a great day, all the best.
Romano46 (16580) 2013-06-05 5:01
molto bella la prospettiva che domina questa foto, oltretutto esaltata dal particolare disegno della pavimentazione.
I colori sono delicati e sfumati ed il soggetto molto gradevole.
Un buon lavoro! Bravo
Ciao e buona giornata
Sergiom (55325) 2013-06-05 5:07
Le damier du pavé est de toute beauté et donne un bel effet graphique, tandis que l'arbre en fleurs prend toute la vedette dans cette composition . J'aime bien la texture de l'ensemble.
chrisvek (7001) 2013-06-05 5:11
Very wonderful variety of colors and saturation here.Splendid composition and so clever look.Very good POV too.Well done!
All the best
Noel_Byrne (21448) 2013-06-05 5:12
Lots of wonderful detail to enjoy in this, the paved ground, the intricate roofs of the building and that amazingly vivid purple colour in the tree. The complex here looks like it has found a perfect combination of natural and manmade, and you have captured it really well.
Nicou (117290) 2013-06-05 5:39
quel rendu sur le sol, ce pavage avec le merveilleux dessin et ce temple en fond avec les personnage et le bel arbre tout fleuri une mervielle splendide.
Bravo et amitié
timecapturer (45649) 2013-06-05 5:53
a wonderful mix of shapes and colours that all come together so attractively. Everything looks so pristine and tidy, yet fascinating and beautiful.
cornejo (28531) 2013-06-05 10:20
Salut Stephen très bonne image de cette scène intéressante sur la belle terrasse, magnifiquement capturé dans cette belle et intéressante image, avec une bonne netteté, profundiada, la lumière et la couleur. Très bon et intéressant travail bien fait, félicitations mon ami. Merci de partager ce beau travail.
Bonne nuit et semaine heureuse.
Salutations chaleureuses du sud de l'Espagne.
carlo62 (28397) 2013-06-05 15:05
una terrazza che ricorda molto la terrazza Mascagni di Livorno, ovviamente diversa, ma ci sono degli elementi simili.
Bellissima prospettiva, con l'albero in fiore che attira lo sguardo.
dkmurphys (46990) 2013-06-06 1:16
Another fine catch of the Oriental atmosphere. I like the colors and the elements, well composed.
ChrisJ (94836) 2013-06-06 4:07
This brings back memories. Almost 10 years since I was there last. Is the funicular train up there still running. It was out of order when I was there so stairs only. I like the superb sharpness and repetitive tile patterns. The people add scale and animate the scene. Tfs!
Urs (14082) 2013-06-06 5:26
A wide square in front of temple which gives the visitors a lot free space to admire the architecture and to relax a bit in the shadow of the trees. It looks and certainly is very peaceful. Well done
Silvio1953 (116895) 2013-06-06 6:13
Ciao Stephen, great perspective on lovely terrace, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
rogerl (1544) 2013-06-06 10:44
Stephen, what a lovely terrace, which you've shown beautifully with the accompanying trees, and the temple in bg. The exposure lets us see all of the detail in the terrace stone, and the pink/purple tree is really lovely. Thanks.
Cricri (101805) 2013-06-06 23:27
J'aime la présentation, le graphisme du sol, toujours aux couleurs jaune doré comme les socles des arbres et du temple, l'arbre est un point accrocheur, magnifique
amaryllis (33598) 2013-06-07 11:30
Une superbe vue de cette terrasse avec cet arbre fleuri et on peut remarquer la propreté du sol et une terrasse bien décorée
ourania (27174) 2013-06-07 14:00
this is a very elegant and attractive part of the temple and you have captured it in a precise and delightful way. I like very much the sense of depth and the fine repetition of patterns and colours. The light is warm and pleasant and the colours are lovely. The fuchsia tree stands out and makes an irresistible focal point in this calm setting. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
COSTANTINO (51944) 2013-06-08 2:46
I visited you gallery today and I found
this shot nice and pleasant to my eyes
I travelled all over the world,in
a different world with interesting
architectural details,I love the flowers
I love this place because the chosen
point of view shows the beauty better
have a nice weekend
macjake (52930) 2013-06-09 13:00
living here in Canada, its hard to believe or imagine a structure being built in 1383! and its still standing!!! :)
I chose this photo from your gallery because its different from your other Wat photos....and its because of the large open Terrace. It really does open the scene up, its welcoming me in - so i'm here :)
The peaceful nature of the area really shines through.
good choice to shoot from back here.
- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (79973)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-02-00
- Categories: Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 1100D, Canon 18-55mm EF-S f/3.5-5.6 IS
- Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-06-05 0:13