The interior of Wat Monthian in Chiang Mai, Thailand
The interior of Wat Monthian in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Hey Hiveians and Steemians,

today there should be only a small addendum to Wat Monthian from me. About Wat Monthian and our visit there I have told you in my second last post. On my mobile phone I have found photos of the interior of the temples which were simply so beautiful that I did not want to withhold them from you. And it would have been too bad not to post them because the interior looks very special. It stands out from many rooms we have seen in other temples. In fact, in many temples you can't even get in because they are closed to visitors. That was different here. And even at the time when we visited Wat Monthan we had the interior all to ourselves - there were no other visitors there. And that about noon. This is already very unusual for temples in Chiang Mai, in Bangkok it is almost impossible ;)

Detailed decorated portal of the Virhan
Detailed decorated portal of the Virhan

If you go through the decorated door, you will enter the Virhan (first picture). This is the upper Virhan in the picture, there is also a lower one. I recommend you look at them both, they both look great. The Virhan looks very noble and modern: The floor is made of light marble, and somehow everything here is shiny. So exactly my place ;) What I like most: As already outside, the colours red and gold are predominant here: The columns are solid and dark red. They are also decorated with golden capitals.

The upper Virhan looks very tidy overall. In contrast to many other temples in Thailand, there are no everyday objects here, but it simply seems as if believers do not come here often. (Which is probably nevertheless the case, because we actually still met some at the place). Also in contrast to other temples you will not find offerings like bouquets of flowers on the main altar in this Virhan.

The Buddha, on the other hand, is very conspicuous, since there are hardly any objects around him. The visitor's gaze is therefore directed towards the Buddha. If you enter the entrance, you will find him directly opposite, just a few meters away, somewhat elevated.

The style of the Buddha is less common in Chiang Mai, as it is more Burmese-Shanish than northern Thai. The Buddha is white and wears a crown. The crown is also rather unusual for Chiang Mai. The posture, however, is as so often that of the submissive mara.

Wat Monthian is the most beautiful temple I have seen in Thailand so far, that is for sure!

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A sleeping Yaksha guardian – Wat Ratcha Monthian
A sleeping Yaksha guardian – Wat Ratcha Monthian

Next to the building is an image of the Rahu a mythical God. He is always painted black.

So this was my small addition from Wat Monthian so to speak. My next post is about Bangkok, also here there were very many nice temples and other things to discover. I hope the post has pleased you, leave me a feedback :)