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Chedi of Chiang Man

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?

Chedi of Chiang Man

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?

comments (25)

  • Debb
  • United Kingdom
  • 5 Oct 2011, 00:08
Wow, that is beautiful.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 5 Oct 2011, 08:30
Study in blue.

I have seen that the old Greeks arranged little statues in the fire place as offering to the gods. The Greek idea of an offering was to have a statue made and then dedicate it to a god. All Greeks couldn't afford the big statues, so some used small statues in the fire place.
Ayush Basu: That sounds very reasonable Louis. Thanks for stopping by
a very good POV for this image
Ayush Basu: Thanks for your comment Chantal
This is a superb picture Ayush.
I love the Elephant which must have taken some very skilled craftsmen to make.
Great shot of an amazing building Ayush. They do look like they might be offering to the gods.
Ayush Basu: I agree with you
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 5 Oct 2011, 12:34
You have captured this well
Such history behind this impressive Temple, a great capture.
Ayush Basu: Thank you very much Martin
  • Linda
  • United Kingdom
  • 5 Oct 2011, 15:25
They sure know how to make beautiful buildings smile
Ayush Basu: yes... and such peaceful, tranquil surroundings
  • crash
  • United States
  • 5 Oct 2011, 21:36
beautiful colors .... !
Wonderful capture here Ayush! And I enjoyed the background!
I like your POV here. And gold and blue can't go wrong
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 6 Oct 2011, 18:40
Very impressive! What a tremendous piece of work by the architect. I wonder if the idols may be left as some sort of good luck charms?
  • Jani
  • Sweden
  • 6 Oct 2011, 21:59
gorgeous picture with lines leading the viewer! smile
That is some old Elephant Ayush and your composition in this photo is perfect....petersmile
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 7 Oct 2011, 07:11
Fabulous POV for this huge temple, Ayush. I wonder how tall the miniature idols are???
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States of America
  • 13 Oct 2011, 14:06
i can't imagine a structure so old. took me a second to realize it was an elephant.
  • Milena
  • Croatia
  • 13 Oct 2011, 22:26
Nice shot, I like the symmetry.
It looks like a very impressive temple.
  • jules
  • United States
  • 14 Oct 2011, 11:25
fantastic pov and impressive frame
I like the low angle looking up. It makes the elephant look really impressive.
Thai temples are astonishingly beautiful in their construction, Ayush. This section is particularly noteworthy. Nicely shot from this angle.
Hello! How are you?
What have you been up to lately?
Went to Kuala Lumpur last week.
Had a great time there.
Tomorrow, will be going to Singapore.
Next week, will be flying back to London.
  • crash
  • United States
  • 17 Oct 2011, 00:49
nice imagery! just noticed the elephants
I find this awesome, such skill in creating all this.
I love the dramatic tones and composition grin Great work!
  • Jani
  • Sweden
  • 30 Dec 2011, 10:44
lovely symmetry and interresting picture. smile

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