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January 17th 2016
Published: February 29th 2016
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Day 5 Sunday - January 17 We got up real early to get a quick breakfast before Nok & Poi picked us up around 6:00 for our arrival at the foot of Wat Phra Doi Suthep, where we took part in a ceremony by giving Alms (some food, rice and drinks, etc.) to the local monks from Wat Sri Soda, a temple. We lined up alongside the road with many other people and placed the offerings in big metal bowls the s... Read Full Entry

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Wall of signsWall of signs
Wall of signs

Adjacent to the shrine is a curved wall having the astrology signs and images.
Entrance to Wat Phra That Doi SuthepEntrance to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
Entrance to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

The holiest temple in northern Thailand. Built in the late 1300's. This temple is high on top of the mountain, over 3,500 feet above sea level. The entrance is over 300 steps from its base where Poi dropped us off, which is a 15-20 minute drive up the winding road from the shrine where we just were.
The lower terraceThe lower terrace
The lower terrace

The temple has two terraces. This is the level where the elevator from the base dropped us off.
The ChediThe Chedi
The Chedi

This magnificent structure is the centerpiece of this temple on the upper terrace, surrounded by many Buddha images, small shrines, bells and golden umbrellas.
Annette and the ChediAnnette and the Chedi
Annette and the Chedi

Annette on the large terrace with the Chedi in the background.
Huge terraceHuge terrace
Huge terrace

The upper terrace is very large.
Doug & AnnetteDoug & Annette
Doug & Annette

Taken in front of the Chedi.
Buddha image and small shrinesBuddha image and small shrines
Buddha image and small shrines

There are many of these images that surround the Chedi.
Buddha imagesBuddha images
Buddha images

Along the wall around the Chedi.

This shrine has many Buddha images.
Oil blessingOil blessing
Oil blessing

Annette gets oil from the lotus blossom cup in a small ladle and pours it over the flame. There is a different Buddha statue behind each bowl that one gives worship to.
Doug does the sameDoug does the same
Doug does the same

Doug follows Annette in making the blessing.
Buddha imageBuddha image
Buddha image

On the upper terrace near the Chedi.

There was a large ceremony on the upper terrace surrounding the Chedi.
Many worshippersMany worshippers
Many worshippers

As it is Sunday, many people came to worship in this ceremony.

Many worshippers offer marigolds, lotus stems and candles.

A man worships during the ceremony.
An offeringAn offering
An offering

This is an offering created for the temple.
Annette's blessingAnnette's blessing
Annette's blessing

Annette signs a golden banner roll for thanks and good karma. The banner is used to wrap the stupas or statues when they are making repairs.

These are on the fence surrounding the Chedi.
Buddha images and alms bowlsBuddha images and alms bowls
Buddha images and alms bowls

Different Buddha images behind alms bowls on a wall at the Chedi.

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