Photographer's Note

In one previous post titled 'Exuberance in White', I showed a Wat or temple in Chiang Rai, which was purely white. In this post, I am showing you a Wat which is glistening in silver...

Located just outside of the walled city near the southwest corner of the moat, Wat Sri Suphan, nicknamed the Silver Temple sits on a small side street just off of Wualai Road. With Wualai being Chiang Mai’s traditional silver-making district, the temple’s claim to fame is unsurprisingly its silverwork.

Not sure about the quality the silver - some of it’s clearly silver plating or even silver paint — but a whole lot of silver there certainly is at Wat Sri Suphan. It’s really very impressive.

The wat itself dates back to the early 1500s when it was built by King Muang Keaw of the Mangrai Dynasty. It was destroyed and looted several times when Chiang Mai was under Burmese occupation and it wasn’t until 1994 that the wiharn was rebuilt by the community along with the assistance of several corporations and artists from countries. Renovations began in 2004 and all that was left of the original ubosot (ordination hall) were the exterior sema stones which form the boundary of the present structure.

The temple grounds at Wat Sri Suphan are not extensive, it’s a medium size wat, but it’s coziness adds to its appeal. Wat Sri Suphan’s wiharn seems diminutive from the outside. Possibly it’s all the red umbrellas, metallic Buddhas, and humongous drums staged at the front entrance that dwarfs it’s size.

I took this picture of the silver ubosot (ordination hall) of Wat Sri Suphan on a dull Chiang Mai day with the pale sun reflecting on the silver...quite amazing a spectacle.

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