Along with the ancient temples in Thailand, you can see many modern buildings. All of them are made according to the classical canons, so it can be quite difficult to determine the age of the temple. And it is almost impossible to remember all the names of old and new ones. Unambiguously about the novelty of the temple can be said only at the time of its construction.
Modern Temple of Thailand
First, the gray box is covered with a complex roof and begins to grow with intricate decorations. Dragons appear at the entrance, the window openings are framed with an openwork outline. Sometimes it seems that Thai temples are the creation of unknown spirits, they look so perfect. But everything is more prosaic. People make them. Ordinary people. And the secret must be hidden in their attitude to their work.
Construction of the temple
Only with Thai patience and painstaking care can you decorate the temple with thousands of small pieces of mirrors, which then play so beautifully in the sun. It will take quite a bit of time and the walls of the new temple will sparkle with bright colors.
This temple is being built on the territory of Wat Ming Muang, which was built seven centuries ago. At that time, Chiang Rai belonged to Myanmar, so the temple has features of the Burmese style. Wat Ming Muang was included in the list of Buddhist temples in Thailand only in the last century.
Another interesting temple is Wat Jed Yod. In translation, the name means "seven peaks". This is a relatively new temple. Its construction began in 1844. One of the interesting points is that it is a copy of the temple in Chieng Mae with the same name. And that, in turn, copies one of the temples of India. This is probably why silver and red colors are present in the interior. While in the rest of the temples of Chiang Rai, the preference is given to red and gold.
Wat Jed Yod Temple
On the territory of the temple there is a large sacred Bodhi tree, under which seven Buddha figures in various poses are comfortably located. This tree is considered sacred throughout Southeast Asia. In some countries, it is called the Bo tree. According to legend, it was under him that the Buddha received enlightenment.
It is worth noting another interesting feature of Wat Jed Yoda. These are frescoes on the wooden ceiling of the front portico. They depict the Thai astrological system. In general, each temple in Thailand is interesting in its own way. Everyone has their own destiny and history. But in order to understand them at least a little, it is necessary to devote more than one year of hard work to this.
Just one small tour of Chieng Rai, and it's like a lifetime has been lived. But this is only one of the cities in the northern part of Thailand. Chieng Saen and the famous "Golden Triangle", where the borders of three states converge: Thailand, Laos and Myanmar, are still waiting for us.