A few days ago I already told you about the coolest spots in Chiang Mai, more precisely two temples in Chiang Mai. One of them was the Wat Lok Molee. Today I would like to tell you more about the temple because we liked it very much and there was a lot to see and spend time with.
Chaing Mai has a plethora of temples, and we've only seen a handful of them. In total, Chiang Mai has just over 200 temples and is therefore called the City of Temples. We particularly remember Wat Lok Molee. Firstly because there was a larger square and there were really few people to visit, but also because the temple was not the only attraction.
The temple stands on a larger fenced area and is not the only attraction on this square. In front of Wat Lok Molee at the beginning of the path are two huge elephant statues on the right and left that were slightly larger than me. In the entrance area you will find a tree with golden leaves. Of course, it is not natural, but was specially made, so to speak. It is called the "tree of Luck" and coins are stuck to its golden heart-shaped leaves. Opposite there is the same tree again, this time only with silver leaves.I particularly liked the idea behind the tree: after you have bought one of the leaves for little money, you can write your wishes on it and hang the leaf on the tree.
Of course my sister and I couldn't resist writing a wish. Even if I don't really believe in something like that, at the moment I really thought my wish would come true. Or maybe it was the atmosphere that was really unique. I can say: My wish has come true so far ;)
There was also a small kiosk with refreshments and amulets to buy, right where you could buy the leaves you want.
In general, as in every temple, it is very quiet - and you should also wear appropriate clothing. But the temple was very different from the other temples we visited. The atmosphere here was really different, I would say more particularly. The special thing about the Wat Lok Molee is that it still has unplastered bricks, which makes it extremely different from the other buildings in Chiang Mai. One of the city’s older temples, its founding date is unknown, but it was mentioned in a charter in 1367.
In addition to the temple complex, there is also a prayer hall and a well-preserved chedi from the 14th century on the large grounds. A chedi is part of a wat, a Buddhist temple complex. The ordination hall, although old in appearance, was rebuilt in 2003. What’s atypical is its north-south axis alignment, as most Buddhist temples are orientated on an east-west axis, symbolic of the cycle of birth, death and rebirth.
I hope you enjoyed my post, this time I inserted a lot of pictures - but there was also a lot to be there and to be honest I could have written a lot more;)