Chiang Mai is such a unique juxtaposition of old and new. Ancient city walls from the 13th century mingling with power lines.
Impressive temples pop up next to contemporary storefronts as you walk and can be admired right from the streets.
I loved how you could stumble upon these venerable structures just going from point A to B.
Out of the many temples of Chiang Mai I passed by, there are two worth seeking out to take a closer look.
Wat Phra Singh
This is the oldest temple I visited in Thailand, built in 1345, though many renovations made since then. The gold is stunning.
Bedazzled dragons alluring.
Gilded Buddha breathtaking.
However, it was the simple wood that I appreciated the most.
Inlaid with subtle gold contrasting with the scene behind it, I loved the rustic age-old aura.
The grounds are free to wander, there is a small fee to enter the temple.
Wat Sri Suphan
Many of those who travel in the north of Thailand have heard of the white temple in Chiang Rai. I did not have a chance to visit that epic sight, but was very happy to have discovered a different shade of temple of the silver variety.
Built in 1502 this temple was the worlds first silver sanctuary, built and decorated by the silver handicraftsmen of the community.
The silver ubosot, an ordination hall, is of course the main focal point.
I’ve never seen something quite like this temple.
Unfortunately no women are allowed inside it, but I had myself a male spy.
He photographed the finest scenes for me to live vicariously through.
I was not upset waiting outside as the ornate details are immeasurable.
Entrance to the temple is 50 baht and you get a cold bottle of water out of the deal.