Category Archives: BUDDHISM

Nantaram Temple and the Story of Mother Earth

On the southern side of Chiang Mai, just beyond the moat in the area of Wualai and Nantaram Roads, lies a beautiful but little known temple called Wat Nantaram. Long ago, this temple was a focal point for the craftspeople … Continue reading

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In Photos: Wat Montien

A short photo tour of Wat Montien – a beautiful Lanna Thai temple located within the old city walls of Chiang Mai, on the northern corner.

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Enchanting Elephants at Wat Pha Lat

About half way up Doi Suthep mountain,  just west of Chiang Mai, is a serene temple built on top of a sloping rock surrounded by trickling streams and waterfalls called Wat Pha Lat. Amongst the various temple buildings is lush … Continue reading

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Linh Phuoc Pagoda – The pagoda of broken glass

Linh Phuoc Pagoda is located in the small town of Trai Mat, just outside Dalat in the central highlands of Vietnam. The temple was built by monks, nuns and followers of the Mahayana Buddhist sect from Thua Thien – Hue … Continue reading

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Thien Vien Truc Lam (Bamboo Forest Zen Monastery)

Thien Vien Truc Lam is one of the largest Zen meditation study centres in Vietnam.  The complex was completed in 1994 with the aim of giving new life to the Truc Lam Yen Tu Zen sect, a uniquely Vietnamese form … Continue reading

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Fanciful temple murals: Folk Art in northern Thailand

Whenever I’m in northern Thailand, I always drop everything I was planning to do when my dear friend, Vithi, rings up and asks me to join him on an excursion because it’s usually an interesting adventure, lots of fun (in … Continue reading

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Wat Xieng Thong: The jewel in the crown of Lao temples

Renowned for its colourful ornate glass mosaics, guilded teakwood panels and low sweeping tiered roof lines, Wat Xieng Thong is the temple highlight of Luang Prabang. Its name means Monastery of the Golden City.  Located in a tranquil garden setting … Continue reading

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Buddha Park (Wat Xieng Khuan), Laos

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Renown as the most quirky park in all of Laos, Buddha Park (also known as Wat Xieng Khuan)  is a sculpture park well worth a visit. The park is located 25 km southeast from Vientiane in a meadow by the … Continue reading

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Saffron Coloured Robes: Buddhist Monks

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Location: Luang Prabang and Vientiane, Laos. Chiang Mai, Lampang and Lamphun, northern Thailand. Time: July 2011 – Rainy season, Buddhist Lent.

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Wat Phrathat Haripunchai (with Thai temple terms explained)

Wat Phrathat Haripunchai is one of the most famous (and most holy) temple complexes in northern Thailand. It is believed to have been founded by Queen Chamathewi in the grounds of her palace, sometime in the 8th century.

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