Temples & Monks In Chiang Mai – Photo Essay

With the overwhelming number of Wats, it comes as no surprise that Chiang Mai has very strong Buddhist traditions, and temples have become a very important part of peoples’ lives in the city.

Many temples act as community centers, and they are also very popular places for people to go to just relax, sit down in the shade and contemplate - below I have posted a series of photos we took while walking around Chiang Mai last week.

The temple grounds are peaceful and quiet – and although the hectic streets are just outside the temple walls, you feel like you’re a world away from it all – there is so much to look at, and we loved all the wooden signs with words of wisdom that were nailed to the trees, reminding you of what is really important in life.

Every temple is beautifully decorated with golden details glittering in the sun, and they all have their own touches that makes each Wat unique and different from the rest - whether that’s a huge Buddha head statue or a Donald Duck statue eating noodle soup …

You can easily get templed-out while in Chiang Mai, but as soon as you leave you realize how much you took all of these beautiful serene places for granted …

12 Responses to Temples & Monks In Chiang Mai – Photo Essay

  1. Melissa To and Fro August 12, 2012 at 2:03 am #

    The clouds look incredible in your photos! Chiang Mai is one of my favourite places in Thailand. It’s so mystical.

    • Sofia August 12, 2012 at 2:17 am #

      Thanks Melissa, yeah Chiang Mai is a wonderful and pretty special place.

  2. Wends of Journeys and Travels August 12, 2012 at 2:13 am #

    I love these photos. Inspiring and awesome. I wished I can go to Thailand and see this too.

    • Sofia August 12, 2012 at 2:21 am #

      Thank you, glad to hear you liked it!

  3. TammyOnTheMove August 12, 2012 at 3:45 am #

    Ohhh, I love the dramatic looking clouds as well. Nice pics!

    • Sofia August 12, 2012 at 4:19 am #

      Thanks tammy, yeah the rainy season brings some very dramatic clouds :)

  4. andiperullo August 12, 2012 at 2:45 pm #

    These pictures are gorgeous!!!!!

    • Nathan August 12, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

      thanks Andi :)

  5. T.J. and Charlotte August 16, 2012 at 1:54 am #

    We love Chiang Mai!! We got templed out other places and forgot to visit any in Chiang Mai. Thanks for the photos. :)

    • Nathan August 16, 2012 at 2:22 am #

      Hey guys – thanks for the comment – yeah there are many many temples in Thailand, but I think CM has some of the best – checked out your site, really love the vlogs you are doing :)

      • T.J. and Charlotte August 16, 2012 at 5:55 pm #

        Thanks for stopping by! Also thanks for the feedback, we haven’t got too many opinions yet. Just noticed your videos, we will have to check them out soon.

  6. David September 20, 2012 at 10:56 am #

    beautiful pictures of a great place. They even have 1 week and longer retreats where you stay and live with monks in chinag mai. Sounds really intense…