Wat Ket Karam
Wat Ket Karam is one of over 300 temples you’ll find in and around Chiang Mai. I have not made it my life mission to visit everyone, but I do enjoy a quiet wander through those that cross my path. This Travel Photo Thursday (our 211th) come with me to Chiang Mai’s Wat Ket Karam. Located across the Ping River, it’s a little off the beaten path, but not by much. In reality, it’s only a short walk once you cross either of the downtown bridges.
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Upon entering the quiet grounds, it’s hard to believe that the temple boasts a history of almost 600 years. Both the buildings and the compound have been lovingly restored and maintained over the years.
Wat Ket Karam
I have no idea the purpose of these 12 baskets with the colorful handles.
However, I did peek inside… (still no idea!)
The garden area in front of the monks quarters is lovely. You can see at the end there’s a large ornate mirror. That’s me in the mirror! Also, the chair seems to be for the monks to sit (perhaps the Abbot), and surrounded by dog figurines. Why the dogs? You’ll find out soon! 🙂
These monks were having great fun primping in front of the mirror, and then taking photos of each other. (How times have changed!)
So, why all the dogs? Well, this temple is dedicated to people who are born in the “Year of the Dog,” and it is often referred to as the “Dog Temple.”
There are even lots of real dogs living here, and they all look happy, and well looked after.
Many of the temple buildings are protected by beautiful dragons (or Naga).
These golden nagas decorate the temple rooftop.
In days gone by they would have been made of wood. This wooden Naga is now attached to the front of the temple’s museum. Not as colorful, but it has its own unique charm. The museum has an excellent collection of artifacts. The collection of old Chiang Mai photos and textiles caught my interest. The beautiful collection of photos takes visitors back to a very different time.
You’ll find beautiful statues everywhere.
And, of course, it’s flower time in Chiang Mai, and these beautiful orchids are one of my favorites.
One last shot of the beautiful roof line.
Temples in Chiang Mai are open daily from 6 am to 6 pm. Admission to Wat Ket Karam, including the museum, is free. Be sure to dress appropriately. That means no sleeveless shirts or shorts/pants/skirts above the knee. Think modest!
This is the 211th edition of Travel Photo Thursday. You can browse the archives here.
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