Travel Photo Thursday — February 21, 2013 — Chiang Mai Temple Bells

Posted by on Feb 21, 2013 in Destinations, Featured, Thailand - Chiang Mai, Travel Photo Thursday | 47 comments

Welcome to another week of Travel Photo Thursday. My time in Chiang Mai and Thailand is quickly coming to an end. This time next week I will be back in Korea getting ready to start a new semester. I’m spending this week revisiting a few favorite places, and exploring new places that may become favorites on another visit. This week I want to share some shots of Chiang Mai’s temple bells.

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In Buddhist temples in Thailand you will often find bells of bronze or brass hanging from metal or wooden frames. These bell are different from the gong used to wake up monks or announce prayer times. Instead, they are struck by the faithful after the giving of an offering. Many also believe that striking the bell removes spells or can protect a person from evil spirits. 

These are the temple bells found at Wat Phan Tao in Chiang Mai’s old city. 


Temple Bells -- Wat Phan Tao, Chiang Mai



Bell Ornament...Wat Phan Tao, Chiang Mai, Thailand



Traveler’s Tip…

Due to it’s close proximity to Chiang Mai’s famous Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Phan Tao  is also a busy Wat. Best photo opportunities are in the morning; fewer people,  nice light.  






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  1. Love the colours in these close-ups, Nancie.

  2. I love seeing the close detail – it really adds another dimension to travel photography. Also I have never been to this area, so thank you for taking us there. I have only joined Travel Photo Thursday last week, and I can see my list of “places to go to” growing every week. Thank you for the opportunity to contribute.

    • Hi Jill, Thanks for your kind words. It’s really nice to have you here contributing~!

  3. I love zooming in to close up detail in words and in pictures, and you have done it so well with the bells and the detail about why devotees strike them.

    • Hi Johanna! Always trying to find new ways to make shots interesting!

  4. I love the details on those bells and haven’t seen anything like those before. The first picture is beautiful! Enjoy the rest of your trip in Chiang Mai!

    • Thanks, Mary. I am making the most of my last few days here.

  5. I wish I was there to see these bells in person. To give an offering and hear the sound of the bell.

  6. Beautiful! Definitely on my must visit list.

  7. Really love the close up angles, I’ve been trying to change the perspective of my shots lately and I really like this technique!

    • Thanks, Jade! A different POV can definitely give a travel photo an entirely “new” feel.

  8. Beautiful!
    I love photographing bells, but I haven’t tried many close-ups. You just gave me some ideas, thank you! (^_^)

  9. Such a good reminder about details. I can’t believe how fast your time in Thailand has gone; it seems much like our time in Hawaii.

    • Hi Jackie…hard to believe I have been in Thailand over 2 months. I don’t know where the time went!

  10. What a treat to get to view the intricate details of the bells. I’m thinking we may need a smaller version for our home–I like the history behind them!

    • Kate…They are really pretty and would make a great addition to a house or apartment.

  11. I love the depth of field in these photos!

    • Thank you, Denise. I always enjoy playing around with DOF!

  12. Gorgeous wide apeture shots.
    I love the sounds temple or church bell. They have such beautiful energies and looking at this bells alone make me feel the good energy.

  13. Gorgeous wide aperture shots.
    I love the sounds of temple or church bells. They have such beautiful energies and looking at this bells alone made me feel the good energy.

  14. I love the light, the colour and the detail on the close-ups. Sounds t me like you’ve had a nice long break but always hard to get back into the work routine.

    • Welcome back, Leigh! It has been a great break, and now time to get back into the groove 🙂

  15. Lovely details.

    Enjoy your last days in Thailand.

  16. Great shots, Nancie! Love the detail and the colors.

  17. I love all the wonderful details on the bells. I bet they sound beautiful!

  18. Your photos are incredible. You captured the age and detail of the bells. Beautiful.

    • Thanks for your kind words, Karen. I am glad you like them.

      • I look forward to your Thursday posts every week. 🙂
        Have a great semester.

    • Thanks, Karen! I visited your post, but could not leave a comment. That is one big statue!

  19. Very cool photos of the bells. I love the big bells in cathedrals, too. There is something about hearing them ringing or clanking when you’re visiting aplace.

    • Cathy, there is never a chance of missing the toll of a bell 🙂 I enjoy them too.

  20. Very cool pictures!

  21. So, did you ring the bells? Now that we’ve decided to visit Chiang Mai, I’ll be going over your posts with a fine tooth comb to figure out our itinerary.

  22. Beautiful details in the bells, Nancie. All the best with your return to Korea and life there…

  23. Love the photos – and learning about the bells! The more I read your posts, the more I want to travel to Asia!

  24. Love to see its delicate details.


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