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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papagolf21 (83666) 2013-06-06 1:10
Bonjour, cher Stephen,
Il y a toujours de l'élégance, de la finesse, du beau dans ces images.
Le cadrage est fort bien présenté avec cette statue animalière du plus bel effet.
tedesse (25045) 2013-06-06 2:51
The interesting part of Buddhist temple in Thailand. Beautifully mapped elephant and horse riders. Nice colors and good contrast of the presented pictures.
timecapturer (45985) 2013-06-06 4:52
really like this shot. It is full of soft light that makes it all the more spiritual and fascinating. Glorious detail, textures and colours. Captivating!
Sergiom (55767) 2013-06-06 5:19
J'aime beaucoup la position de l'éléphant dans l'image. J'aime comment la lumière le frappe pour en faire ressortir les beaux détails. Le bois du temple est magnifique.
carlo62 (28785) 2013-06-06 5:48
lo sfondo colorato e la luce, fanno risaltare la statua molto bene.
Ottima composizione anche se avrei scelto un taglio quadrato, lasciando fuori la parte di destra, ma è un gusto mio personale.
Nicou (117728) 2013-06-06 5:59
quelle belle iamge et compo sueprbe cet éléphant en statue comme jadore les éléphant j'admire cette emrveilleuse iamge splendide vue.
Bravo et amitié
Romano46 (16582) 2013-06-06 7:05
bella foto che rappresenta in maniera indiscutibile l'atmosfera orientale.
Il soggetto catturato è molto caratteristico sia per forma che per colori, ma anche le strade della città danno un'idea perfetta dell'atmosfera del luogo.
I colori, come tua abitudine sono molto sfumati e delicati mentre contrasto e nitidezza sono quelli giusti.
Ciao e buona giornata
fabbs99 (16141) 2013-06-06 11:14
Another beautiful image from Northern Thailand.The elephant with the King looks very impressive.Excellent POV and perspective, beautiful colors and light, good sharpness.TFS.
Fis2 (82732) 2013-06-06 13:06
I like frame and curious colours.
Urs (14082) 2013-06-06 17:27
You actually did a great job to get all the details out of your shot despite the fact that you shot against the sun. There is something in the colour hue which is a little bit strange, I'm not 100% sure, but it could be slight blueish tint, because teak has a slightly different brown hue and there is a little difference of the red of the roof tiles as well. The culprit could be the WB, but I'm not sure, it also could have happened during editing. Otherwise a great architectural shot, well done
Sonata11 (33179) 2013-06-06 23:14
wonderful shot. Fantastic management of colors and contrasts and also very good lightening. Perfectly well done. TFS
ikeharel (53443) 2013-06-07 1:10
Good morning Stephen,
Wooden architecture back-decor the perfect Elephant statue.
Well placed digonally on pic. space, added depth on the compo.
Graal (95760) 2013-06-07 2:56
unusual sculpture of elephant. Another interesting place in Thailand. Good shot and presentation.
PS. My name is Aleksander, no Daniel.
Have a nice day.
ChrisJ (94844) 2013-06-07 4:01
The elephant statue features prominently in this superbly composed image. Good sharpness, colour and saturation. The diagonal axis adds both dynamism and perspective. I like the warm cold color contrasts between the red and blue. Good shadow detail and nice backlighting. Tfs!
Cricri (102223) 2013-06-08 23:42
Très belle et intéressante composition, bonne lumière et couleurs sans oublier les détails qui sont magnifiques
siudzi (32723) 2013-06-09 5:26
Superb scene with many interesting details and intensive tones. This temple must be very special with its unique design. Well seen and taken work. TFS.
- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (79973)
- 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, 1/30 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-06-06 0:28