Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Food Tour, Post III

After most of the food but before our final afternoon tea, we stopped by the Three Kings Monument, very near the center of the Old City. It commemorates King Mengrai, the founder of Chiang Mai, and two other kings who worked with him to lay out the city in the late 13th century.

Next we visited Wat Chedi Luang. This temple also has elephants protruding around the oldest building.

A large reclining Buddha is in a building at the side of the temple area.

Decorative entrance to one of the temple buildings.

When we went into the main temple, Day encouraged us to sit cross-legged on the floor and meditate for five minutes.

At the side of the temple there were statues for each day of the week. Certain events in the Life of the Buddha are thought to have occurred on certain days. "The Buddha Images representing these events, are thus also associated with the days on which they occurred. People who are born on a certain day of the week, may be most interested in a Buddha Image corresponding to that day." (from buddha-images.com)

Our last stop was the Makka Hotel near the temple. It was a beautiful modern building but with many touches of traditional Thai design.

Lobby area
We headed up the stairs to the library area where we sat around a large table for our tea and to talk about what we had seen. A lovely ending to a good tour. From here we walked back to our place, not all that far (about a kilometer and a half).

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