Wat Chedi Luang

This morning we stopped by Wat Chedi Luang, one of the largest temples in Chiang Mai. It is most known for the central crumbling brick chedi built in 1441, which apparently used to be the tallest structure in the whole city. It was damaged in earthquakes, and has had some restoration work done, but is still generally in disrepair. However, it does strike a haunting silhouette in front of this morning’s cloudy skies:

Overcast skies and crumbling bricks

Overcast skies and crumbling bricks

This structure sits in a central courtyard and is surrounded by various other temples.

Paper hangings inside the temple

Paper hangings inside the temple

I’m not sure what these paper hangings are for. They have pictures of zodiac animals on them and I’ve seen them in all of the temples I’ve visited here. Can anyone tell me?

Even if you’re not very interested in or knowledgeable about Buddhism, it is nice to get away from the noise of city traffic and be in a bit of open space in the courtyards around a temple.

Exploring the chedi

Exploring the chedi

Plus, little ones can run around and explore to their heart’s content.

Exploring the shrines

Exploring the shrines

 

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