Welcome to another week of Travel Photo Thursday. Yesterday I was met with a blustery wind, and snow showers as I hurried to the bus stop. Bah Humbug!, I say. We need spring :) This semester is also one of the busiest I’ve had in a while, with over 100 students. When I finally started thinking about Travel Photo Thursday last night I opened up Flickr to see what I could share. Today I have only one shot, and it’s one of my favorites from this past winter in Chiang Mai.
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Most visitors to Chiang Mai’s Wat Sri Suphan, myself included, go to admire and photograph the temple’s beautiful silver Ubosot. Here’s one of my recent shots. However, if you take the time to explore the temple grounds you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find an active silver smithing community. I had no trouble wiling away a pleasant hour watching both layman and monks producing silver products, mostly pictures depicting Buddhism scenes. This shot is my favorite from that day. Doesn’t this young monk look focused and intent on his task?
You will find Wat Sri Suphan in Chiang Mai’s silver district on Wualai Road; also home to the city’s popular Saturday night walking market. The temple is open from sunset to dusk everyday. The silver smithing shop was bustling on the day I was there at around 3pm. Entrance to the temple is always free of charge. There is a small outdoor cafe, where you can purchase water and other beverages.
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