2nd June 2016: Temple – Hopping
This is my second attempt with this post because of my first post information got deleted due to an internet connection and data wasn’t saved so I definitely lost some info i learnt the day before and what i wrote yesterday. Day 3 was all about exploring the old city temples. Temples can be seen everywhere in Chiang Mai. At every corner and block.
We first start where Chiang Mai first started from. The province was started from these 3 Kings who designed and built Chiang Mai into a state of historic, religious and cultural events.
The folklife museum located opposite the courtyard that used to be a colonial court has the history and understanding of how Chiang Mai was built from and the influences it has on the various temples.
After learning how the temples were built and the influences it comes from, its time to start the temple route to spot the knowledge i just learned. We took a short break at Kaffe 157. Speaking of which there are so many cafes everywhere and at every corner too so while temple-hopping on a hot day, you can do some cafe hopping too. I had Ginger Honey Lemon Tea.
First Stop is Wat Chiang Mai. The Temple of the Fortified City which is the oldest temple in Chiang Mai and house the oldest building in the complex which is the Chang Lom Chedi which is supported by 15 statue elephants the unique feature in the temple complex.
Second stop is a temple just opposite named Wat Lam Chang which is related to the first one as the white elephants were once stored here.
Next up is Wat Hua Kuang. The unique feature about this temple is the 4 tiered roof pointing up like a pencil.
We then stopped by the Chang Puak Gate. Speaking of which there are 5 gates surrounding the Old City however these gates are all replicas since the original gates are torn down during the Japanese Occupation of World War II.
On our way to our next temple, we passed by Wat Mo Kham Tuang. It is not an interesting temple on the inside but the gate surrounding is strangely beautiful and unique. The gates unlike the boring white ones, it is covered by silvered mirrored glass with a genie in the middle.
And of course our next temple is easy to spot. Wat Kun Kha Ma which is the Horse temple surrounded by 50 horse statues sticking out from the fence varying in size. On the inside houses the other zodiac animals.
Wat Ranchamontian known as the Dragon Temple has a unique welcoming, its curbing side is beautiful. Besides the beautiful dragons that are aligned with the stairs. The second level houses the indoor Burmese style Buddha and an outdoor normal style Buddha.
Across the temple and crossed the road and beautiful bridge is the Wat Lok Molee. It has interesting things in the complex. 13 zodiac sculptures, the original 12 plus an elephant, a funny spinning machine and a Hindu Shrine.
Another cafe stop that promotes their speciality macarons. They have so many flavours at SGD1/25 baht each. I had their Iced Chocolate.
Next is the Wat Phra Singh which is called the Lion Buddha which is the largest complex I seen so far. It has a school in it, library and houses the holiest Buddha from.India that got an enlightenment.
There are other temples to visit too including the Wat Chedi Luang which we visit the day before and a few more that we passed by the day after.
Of course after that we head for shopping but before that we head for dinner at Yaring Cuisine which is a guest house and a halal food place. Menu is precise but the food was nice and the staff are welcoming too. I had 2 noodle bowls by the way at 55baht each which is about SGD 2 plus per bowl.
Night markets happens every night here and its so tempting to buy so many things you dont even use so i keep it to myself. There is this ice dessert at 140baht. It has so many flavours like really a lot of flavours. I chose the thai iced tea but it wasnt that great on how it looks but it is sure one Instagram worthy!
4th June 2016, Saturday 1553hrs