What’s a Wat?

Wats are Buddhist temples, the center for worship for 95% of Thailand’s population.  Chiang Mai has over 200 wats, and they range from modestly sized to jaw-dropping grand.  The wats that we visited are still being used by residents although some are centuries old.   Monks in saffron robes  and worshippers were often present. Signs reminded visitors (in English) to remove shoes before entering. 

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Sign at Wat Phan On

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Wat Inthakhin Saduemuang

Wat Phan On

Wat Phan On

Located in a pavilion behind Wat Chedi Luang

Located in a pavilion behind Wat Chedi Luang

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The big stupa (a dome-shaped shrine) at Chedi Luang

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Wat Muen San is known as the Silver Wat, for the silver alloy relief work that covers the exterior walls.

Wat Inthakhin Saduemuang

Wat Inthakhin Saduemuang

 

November 2013

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