Feb 16, 2014

Wat Walking, Part II: Chedis

There are a lot of photos to share of these beautiful wats - enjoy!
Nagas in colored glass, lining a temple roof.

A small ancient chedi.

A chedi is a a mound structure (like a stupa) containing Buddhist relics, typically the ashes of Buddhist monks. Just like the inside of the wats, this is a place Buddhists go to meditate.

A Buddha inside the chedi's alcove.

A relics hall.

A lotus pond.

Thai flags leading to the wat.

Inside, hundreds of Buddha statues sat in a golden glow under the banners of the zodiac.

The gigantic stupa of Wat Chedi Luang, originally built during the 14th century.

Seven-headed nagas at the stairway to the stupa.

Most wats reflected the light with colored glass, but this one absorbed it with its dark panels.

A Buddha reclining on his right side, depicting the moment of his "death" and entering Nirvana.

Different statues of the zodiac were placed around the giant stupa to celebrate the new year.

Instead of a dragon, my zodiac animal was a large naga.
(And that's the dress I haggled for at the night bazaar)

Buddha meditating on "the other shore."

Taking a tuk-tuk to Wat Umong, the temple of caves.

A cave network on the temple grounds, tunneled in 1297.

Like most wats and holy places, you must take off your shoes before you enter.

A monk down a long tunnel, sketching the Buddha with a reclining dog beside him.

The large stupa of Wat Umong.


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