Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Some Neighborhood Temple In Chiang Rai

This is a nice Lanna style temple tucked into a neighborhood featuring lots of cheap "guest house" hotels and eateries catering to young foreigners. The Lanna kingdom occupied the "Golden Triangle" area long ago, parts of Thailand, Lao, and Burma, where they all come together. How long ago? I'm no statistician. So, no surprise, the Lanna style includes elements of more typically Thai, Lao and Burmese temples.

The walls inside are covered with painted vignettes from the life of, who is it? Rama? Buddha? If the story elements are clear, I can identify them alright, but when they get all jumbled up, as they do in this place, I get lost. The paintings are nice, though, a mid-range effort, talent wise.

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