Photographer's Note

Chiang Mai has more Buddhist temples (Wats) per square mile than any other place in Thailand, some of the temples in Chiang Mai are actually as old as the city itself, aged staggeringly at more than 700 years old!

Wat Lok Molee or Wat Lok Moli is an attractive and often overlooked little temple that's recently received a facelift, and while not being one of Chiang Mai's most well known Wats (temples) is well worth visiting. Its located just outside the moat on the North side of the Old City.

The temple is thought to date to the 14th century though its origins are somewhat obscure. There is no record of the founding date for this temple, but its name first appeared in historical texts in 1367. The sixth King of Lanna in the Mengrai Dynasty invited a group of ten monks from Burma to bring their study and practice of Buddhism to the Kingdom, and the monks stayed in this Temple. The Lanna king, Phra Kæw Maung ordered the Chedi built in 1527, and the main Viharn in 1545. The Temple also houses the ashes of members of the Royal Mangrai Dynasty, and was maintained by the Royal family until the end of the dynasty (based on a signboard inside the grounds).

The viharn, or the main hall (in the foregraound) saw a major overhaul in recent times, and the large brick stupa (in the background) was constructed in the early part of the 16th century by the Lanna king Phra Kæw Maung, and indeed the stupa now houses the ashes of both himself and his wife.

Wat Lok Molee was abandoned during World War Two and recently beautifully reconstructed in local Lanna style.

Time this picture was taken : 16:41

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