The only photosnap I have with my Thai buddy, Temsiri, for this week's workshop. She was lovely and thoughtful the entire time ~ even gave me a parting gift at the last office dinner. Thai hospitality rocks! 👍👏🙌
Learned about the 7-day Buddha meanings in this trip. Have seen them a couple of times in temples before but never knew much about them 🙊😳. Thai people pay particular attention to the Buddha image which corresponds to the day they were born. Was interesting that some of my colleagues didn't know the day (of the week) they were born. Knew mine since grade school ~ it's Wed (3 am! perhaps why I'm more nocturnal 😬). S - Restraint, M - Making Peace, T - Reclining, W - Receiving / Blessed One, Th - Meditation, F - Contemplation, S - Protection
At the end of the long winding road up the mountain is the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. First established in 1383, this is one of northern Thailand's most sacred temples.
With a colleague from Malaysia, about to descend the naga staircase of about 300 steps that leads to the wat. They said they've done renovations, claiming to have reduced the steps down to less than 200.
Tranquil and beautiful. Standing in partial ruins, the centrepiece of the Wat Chedi Luang (temple) is a massive, highly venerated Lanna-style stupa dating from 1441. It's speculated to be damaged by a 16th-century earthquake or by the cannon fire of King Thaksin in 1775.