Sunday, November 13, 2011

Thailand: Chiang Mai

Before the flight back to Bangkok, we did a quick morning tour of Chiang Mai.

Wat Phra Singh temple houses an important Buddha statue: the Phra Buddha Sihing which gives the temple its name. The origins of this statue are unknown but, according to legend, it was based on the lion of Shakya, a statue since lost which used to be housed in the Mahabodhi Temple of Bodh Gaya (India). The Phra Buddha Sihing statue is supposed to have been brought, via Ceylon (present day Sri Lanka), to Ligor (present day Nakhon Si Thammarat and from there, via Ayutthaya, to Chiang Mai.

Wat Chiang Man is inside the old city (which is contained within the city walls and moat) of Chiang Mai. Wat Chiang Man was built in 1297 CE as the first temple of Chiang Mai on the spot which had been used by King Mangrai as a camp during the construction of his new capital city Chiang Mai.

this was cool with the elephants

This kind man drove us around and his quirky tuk-tuk.

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