Welcome to another week of Travel Photo Thursday. Anyone traveling in Asia knows that there are a lot of temples here. I think it’s impossible to come to this part of the world and not spend time wondering around temple grounds and inside the buildings. I’m one of those people who almost never tire of exploring any temple that crosses my path. Here are few of my favorites from my travels in the past few years.
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Wat Rong Khun, “The White Temple”, Chiang Rai, Thailand
This temple is the work and vision of Thai artist Chalermchai Kositpipat. He has dedicated his life to building this temple. However, it will not be completed in his lifetime To describe this temple and the vision behind it is no easy task.
In the words of the artist….
“Money and possessions are insignificant. They are not mine, but are only make-beliefs. Merits belong to me; therefore, money is of no value to me. Money is valuable only as a way to make merit for further journey of the soul.”
Temple of the Emerald Buddha at Bangkok’s Grand Palace
Probably the biggest and busiest tourist attraction in Bangkok, and not to be missed. Be sure to go early, and dress properly. If your arms and legs aren’t covered, you be given a sarong to cover yourself. Ignore the crowds, take your time, and enjoy the beauty.
Myanmar is a temple wonderland, and there are some beauties here.
Bagan’s Shwezigon Temple was one of my favorites. Love all that gold and the awesome architecture. What better place to view this than from a hot air balloon. I could never have gotten a shot like this from ground level.
Of course, there is also Yangon’s Shwedagon Temple. The amount of glittering gold is almost blinding. Shwedagon is a UNESCO site, and I was told by a guide that UNESCO has warned Myanmar to stop the constant renovations and improvements or the temple will loose its heritage designation!
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Korea also has its share of lovely temples.
Donghaksa is just a short bus ride from Daejeon. The temple is at the foot of Gyeryongsan Mountain, popular with hikers. A beautiful location to view the spring cherry blossoms and magnolia. Very crowded on the weekends, so best to visit during the week. If you do go on the weekend, get there early!
Two of my favorite Chiang Mai temples…with over 300 temples in the city it’s easy to have a favorite or two.
Wat Sri Suphan — Silver Ubosot
Not to be missed! Only men can enter, ladies not permitted.
Wat Chedi Luang…
The ancient chedi at the back of the temple grounds offers some great photo ops. Best to go early in the morning, or at dusk. This shot was taken early morning.
With the exception of the Temple of the Emerald Budha in Bangkok (admission 400Baht), all temples are free to enter. Temples are open from early morning to evening. Best to visit early in the morning or early evening if you want to avoid the crowds and in some cases the heat. Lots going on around the full moon, and various Buddhist holidays. Think great photo opportunities!
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