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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jhm (134440) 2013-06-01 0:45
Your picture is very nice, the gold/yellow colours care for a very attractive picture.
Also your subject is nice together your interesting note.
Excellent captured, nice composition, splendid presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
timecapturer (44389) 2013-06-01 3:16
a shot that has so much impact, not just for the amazing amount to look at but also the amount of colour here. Your execution is perfect with striking clarity and sharp detail it just looks magnificent. Well done!
Enjoy your weekend - Brian.
Romano46 (16578) 2013-06-01 3:22
una bellissima foto, raffinata nell composizione e nei colori.
L'accostamento dell'oro con il verde della statua crea una visione molto piacevole. Molto bello anche l'accostamento dei vari soggetti disposti in maniera molto ordinata.
Una bella foto nella quale l'ottima messa a fuoco e la nitidezza permettono di apprezzare appieno la magnificenz del tempio.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
Fis2 (81501) 2013-06-01 3:32
A very interesting place,
Very impressive picture!
Have a nice weekend
Sergiom (53733) 2013-06-01 5:28
Ce ne sont pas les dorures qui manquent dans cette composition. Je trouve que le vert émeraude semble un petit peu faux. Le tout est d'une belle netteté.
ChrisJ (94348) 2013-06-01 5:51
This is a very good close up on the jade green Buddha and the golden statues of Doi Suthep. Good sharpness and excellent shadow detail and lighting. The back and sidelighting have been well managed. Tfs and have a great weekend!
Nicou (115244) 2013-06-01 6:05
Quelle vue et statue sueprbe image et compo fantastique captage ces dorure ces couleur il y en a une verte et un chien en brun c'est très très beau.
bravo et amitié
SnapRJW (28828) 2013-06-01 10:43
Hello Stephen - The small emerald Buddha glints in the sunlight and stands out against the gold and red of the extravagant decorative motifs. A shot which encapsulates the richness of Thai temples accompanied by and excellent note. Warm regards rosemary
Graal (95069) 2013-06-01 11:05
unusual gold and green sculptures. Amazing artistic work. Interesting series and presentation. Photo I like.
Have a nice evening.
tedesse (25045) 2013-06-01 12:26
Very interesting place, with a beautiful golden statues.
Great colors and sharpness.
Have a nice Sunday
ourania (25508) 2013-06-01 13:00
such a rich picture, a very challenging subject which you managed to render in a very effective and lovely way. I like the perspective that allowed you to include so many elements and make a fine arrangement of them in the frame. Depth and sharpness are excellent and make viewing comfortable and delightful. You have captured colours, textures and shines in a marvellous way, your light management is really great. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
carlo62 (26816) 2013-06-01 14:32
in mezzo a tutto questo oro, la statua verde si nota in modo evidente.
Ottima composizione ed ottima qualità.
emka (72206) 2013-06-01 23:58
I remember this emerald statue very well. Beautiful presentation this masterpiece of Thai art. Fantastic work,.
delpeoples (52261) 2013-06-02 4:53
Hi dear Stephen
What a beautiful, colourful and characteristic collection of trinkets. I like the light, the hazy colours of the background and the interesting variety of objects, each one worth studying in its own right.
Thanks for sharing, have a lovely day
Urs (14082) 2013-06-02 8:57
The green Buddha represents the emerald Buddha in Bangkok which some several 100s of year ago was taken from Chiang Rai to the capital. Excellent vibrant colour hues with hit sharpness. Well done
dkmurphys (45827) 2013-06-02 23:47
Another attractive scene in great colors and ecotic shapes. Well taken, have a fine week.
Cricri (100305) 2013-06-03 5:26
Un bon cadrage serré de ces statues dorées et clle plus particulière en vert toute reluisante
Noel_Byrne (20073) 2013-10-06 4:46
This is brilliant, the amount of gold and red in this is something which is a visual treat, and it makes the jade green color stand out so much. This image is really rich and inviting and a pleasure to view.
All the best