|Don's Life In Thailand
|Temples in Chiangmai, Thailand
|Buddhist temples in Chiangmai show off a mixture of architectural styles that reflect the varied
heritage of Northern Thailand. Elements from Lanna Thai, Burmese, Sri Lankan and Mon temples have
all been used in one from or another. Intricate woodcarvings and protective Naga serpent staircases
add a flamboyance that reflects an awesome reverence for the Buddhist religion. Gilded umbrellas,
guardian figures from the tales of the Ramayana and stupas trimmed with god filigree combine to
heighten the overall effect.
To date, there have been some 300 temples constructed in Chiangmai an its outskirts. Visitors should
take the time to visit the most revered temples in the city, built during the noble Lanna Thai dynasty.
NOTE: Thais prefer visitors to temples to cover their bodies as a sign of respect for their religion.
Religious objects like Buddha images and chedi should not be climbed upon or touched. When Thais
sit on floors, they do not point their feet in a direction worthy of respect, such as a Buddha image,
monk, or a teacher. They consider the head as "high" and the feet as "low".