Wat Lok Molee, Chiang Mai, Thailand
high-definition creative commons photographs from this temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand, showing the architecture, reliefs and decoration work, together with some further information.
There is no record of the founding date for this temple, but its name first appeared in historical texts in 1367. The sixth King of Lanna in the Mangrai Dynasty invited a group of ten monks from Burma to bring their study and practice of Buddhism to the Kingdom, and the monks stayed in this Temple.
Phra Kæw Maung ordered the Chedi built in 1527, and the main Viharn in 1545. The Temple also houses the ashes of members of the Royal Mangrai Dynasty, and was maintained by the Royal family until the end of the dynasty (based on a signboard inside the grounds).
Most of the photographs come from the Main Viharn, a dark and heavy building where light conditions were poor. I took many more photos inside, but most of them cannot be used because of this. The carved reliefs line the walls above the windows.
Photographs by Anandajoti Bhikkhu
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