Wat Chiang Man was the first temple of Chiang Mai, built in 1297, by King Mengrai, during the construction of his new capital city Chiang Mai. Seen here is the 'Elephant Chedi' within the temple complex. The square base supports a second level which has the front half of life-sized brick-and-stucco elephants. Sadly, by the time we reached here in the evening, the temples themselves were closed. However, the kind priest/monk gladly let us wander around on the premises, taking pictures and admiring the serenity of the place.
If you see the base of the elephant, close to the trunk, there are 3 miniature idols. I do not know their purpose or why they were left there. Conjectures?
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