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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besnard (56597) 2013-06-07 0:29
Bien cadrée cette petite pagode colorée. La luminosité est bonne et la netteté parfaite.
timecapturer (49288) 2013-06-07 3:39
another wonderful image of this amazing place. Again so pristine and well cared for. Immaculate detail and glorious colours that stand out so beautifully in this light.
Have a great weekend - Brian.
jhm (154564) 2013-06-07 3:55
You shows a very nice picture with these Buddhist temple.
The yellow colours together with the green leaves of the tree care for a very pleasant image.
Excellent detailed picture
Composition and presentation make these picture attractive.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,,
Sergiom (81809) 2013-06-07 4:51
Un beau petit coin tranquille de Chiang Mai.Il est rare de voir une photo de cet endroit sans aucune présence humaine. L'ensemble jouit d'une très belle luminosité qui fait resplendir les couleurs.
Fis2 (99720) 2013-06-07 5:41
Next interesting pgoto.
Good frame, super colors and light.
Nicou (144292) 2013-06-07 7:07
Avec l'arbre à guahce de végétation quelle touche verte dans ce mervielleux décor ces temples ces dorures quelle compo.
Bravo et amitié
Noel_Byrne (31668) 2013-06-07 9:20
I like the two towers here, one on either side of the building, and the vivid red roof dividing them. Again, the level of detail in this place, and the tiled floor are real highlights for me. A beautiful scene. Nice idea to include the greenery on the left too, it balances out all the more opulent colours very well.
All the best
Romano46 (18472) 2013-06-07 10:10
non ti sei lasciato sfuggire nemmeno un tempio nel tuo viaggio in oriente, ma bisogna ammettere che grazie alla tua lunga serie di foto sto conoscendo più a fondo il nord della Thailandia.
La composizione e buona, così come lo sono i colori, non eccessivamente saturi, ma gradevoli alla vista.
Un buon lavoro.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
Silvio1953 (145645) 2013-06-07 14:53
Ciao Stephen, great view of fantastic architecture, wonderful colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
Urs (14082) 2013-06-07 17:15
A very peaceful scene, ideal to relax and forget about the traffic outside the Wat. Good light management and vivid colour tones. Well done
ChrisJ (115555) 2013-06-08 4:46
Good choice of a vertical format to accentuate and emphasise the height of the fg and bg stupas and pagoda spires with excellent sharpness and nice warm cold colour contrasts between the gold, orange and blue. Have a nice weekend!
Cricri (120537) 2013-06-08 23:45
Bon cadrage avec l'arbre vert et les couleurs chaudes et dorées de l'ensemble, sous un beau ciel bleu
serp2000 (44578) 2014-01-26 7:54
Good evening, Stephen,
I was here and I know this Wat. I really like this good balanced composition as a result of the right point of view. Perfect details, marvelous colors. This picture brings me back to Chiang Mai again. Thanks for memories.
Have a great week ahead!
- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (100774)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-02-00
- Categories: 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: 2013-06-07 0:27