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Nakhon Si Thammarat Temple (Wednesday Photo)

Michael Babcock, Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Wat Mahatat

Temple Grounds

Wat Mahatat Temple grounds

Here’s a picture of the main chedi (stupa) at Wat Mahatat in Nakhon si Thamarrat, in the South of Thailand. It’s one of my favorite temples in Thailand. As you head toward the chedi, to the left is an entrance to a building with a large number of Buddha statues around a courtyard – well worth a look.

Here are two pictures of Buddha statues found at this temple:


The Wednesday Photo is a new picture each week highlighting something of interest in Thailand. Click on the picture to see a larger version.


Note: This will be our last Wednesday Photo post for awhile. We may start them up again sometime in the spring.

Thai Novices (Wednesday Photo)

Michael Babcock, Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Young Thai Novices

Young Thai Novices

Young Thai Novices

At some point in Thailand you will come across the saffron-robed Thai monks; they are very much a part of Thai life, even in the cities. These young novices (not yet full-fledged monks) are part of a merit-making ceremony in Chiang Mai on the occasion of the King of Thailand’s 80th birthday in 2007.


The Wednesday Photo is a new picture each week highlighting something of interest in Thailand. Click on the picture to see a larger version.

Temple Detail (Wednesday Photo)

Michael Babcock, Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Chiang Mai Temple Detail

Temple Detail

Temple detail

This is a photo of an intricate decoration on a temple in Chiang Mai.

I enjoy the temples of Thailand. From a distance they are often quite gaudy as the outer walls are often covered with ceramic tiles and gold leaf. Whenever I visit a temple I like to pay close attention to what is on the walls. I like this intricate little beast on the outside of a temple in Chiang Mai.


The Wednesday Photo is a new picture each week highlighting something of interest in Thailand. Click on the picture to see a larger version.

Thai Monk (Wednesday Photo)

Michael Babcock, Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Thai Monk in Kalasin Province

Thai Monk

Thai Monk in Kalasin Province

Kasma took this picture of a monk kneeling in front of the altar at Wat Phra Phuttasaiyaht Tham Phu Kao in Sahatkhan, Kalasin, Thailand.

It’s hardly possible to travel in Thailand without coming across Buddhist monks. Monks are universally revered as representatives of the Buddha; it is the robes and “The One Who Knows” that is being revered, not the individual self dressed in the robes.


The Wednesday Photo is a new picture each week highlighting something of interest in Thailand. Click on the picture to see a larger version.

Chaiya Buddha Statue Close-up (Wednesday Photo)

Michael Babcock, Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Chaiya Buddha – Close-up

Buddha Close-up

Chaiya Buddha Detail

I like that photography can let us focus in on details to let us see things in a different way. This is Kasma’s picture of a detail on a Buddha statue at Wat Phra Boram That in Chaiya, Thailand. You can see a slightly more expansive detail in Michael’s photo in an earlier Wednesday Photo blog:
Another Chaiya Buddha.


The Wednesday Photo is a new picture each week highlighting something of interest in Thailand. Click on the picture to see a larger version.

Earth Mother Goddess, Doi Suthep (Wednesday Photo)

Michael Babcock, Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Earth Mother Goddess, Doi Suthep

Earth Mother Goddess

Earth Mother Goddess Mural at Doi Suthep

This mural of the Earth Mother Goddess is found at one of my favorite temples in Thailand – Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai (see Doi Suthep Buddha). You may recall the statue of the Earth Mother Goddess, Ubon Ratchathani from last December. This mural is found in one of the temples at Doi Suthep. I’ve related the story of the picture in my previous post: the short version is that as the Earth Mother Goddess bore witness to the Buddha’s enlightenment, she wrung the water from her hair and the flood swept all the illusions (personified by Mara) away.


The Wednesday Photo is a new picture each week highlighting something of interest in Thailand. Click on the picture to see a larger version.