This temple I stumbled upon in Pai is called something like Mae She Thai Patthana Chit Chaloem Phra Kiait. Surprisingly, there is no information about it on the internet. I talked to a nun and she told me that it’s a women’s monastery (although men are allowed to visit). I have no idea when it was build or what is the meaning of its numerous statues. However, I like the evident symbolism of merging the opposites. The white and the gold, the red and the blue are so harmoniously intertwined.
More words of wisdom – this time from Wat Bpan Bping [in Thai: วัดป้านปิง] (also spelled Wat Ban Ping or Wat Pan Ping)
Wat Chet Yot [in Thai: วัดเจ็ดยอด], or Wat Maha Bodharam, was established by King Tilokarat in 1455 AD. Its design imitates Mahabodhi Hall of Bodh Gaya, India, where the Buddha attained enlightenment under a Bodhi tree. Serene and inspiring, a real place of power.
Wat Pha Khao (วัดผ้าขาว), or Temple of White Clothes, is a beautiful and serene temple off Th Rattmaka. Buddhas in multi-color changing light, hyper-realistic monk figures, colored statues around the golden pagoda, and foot massage in the garden.
Wat Sri Suphan [in Thai: วัดศรีสุพรรณ] is a unique silver temple in Th Wualai, the silversmith community of Chiang Mai.