Getting Lucky at Wat Sri Chum - Sukhothai, Thailand; Southeast Asia

Getting Lucky at Wat Sri Chum - Sukhothai, Thailand; Southeast Asia

Getting Lucky at Wat Sri Chum - Sukhothai, Thailand; Southeast Asia

Continuing with my Southeast Asia-Thailand series we are now in the ancient Thai capital of Sukhothai (translated means “dawn of happiness”). I am posting this photograph out of chronological order because I visited Sukhothai toward the latter part of my trip when I returned to Thailand after I did the Southeast Asia loop (Thailand-Laos-Vietnam-Cambodia-Thailand).

But who is keeping track? So...

Sukhothai was the first capital of Siam founded by King Ramkhamhaeng during the 13th Century. The province's temples and monuments have been restored and is now the Sukhothai Historical Park and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

If I had to choose between the two ancient Thai capitols of Sukhothai and Ayutthaya I would clearly choose Sukhothai. Its perfectly manicured historical park is a photographer’s dream.

Here is a previous post on why I like photographing Sukhothai:

Five Reasons why I prefer Photographing Sukhothai, Thailand over Angkor Wat, Cambodia.

The beautiful temple of Wat Sri Chum features a large Buddha that is framed perfectly by the temple entrance. I took a couple of photos, but I knew a human element would complete the scene.

I remembered the quote from National Geographic Photographer Michael Yamashita when he stated, “I'm paid to be lucky and that means making your own luck - getting yourself in the right position, in front of the right subject at the right time, and in the right light.”

I waited around for thirty minutes, but I all I had to contend with were hot, sweaty Western tourists in ridiculously looking fisherman pants (popular with the young backpacker crowd who wear them to somehow blend in with the locals even though the young locals love to wear jeans. Go figure). Finally, a group of monks showed up to offer prayers and all the elements came together.

I got “lucky” that afternoon, but I wasn’t paid to be lucky. I am still waiting for National Geographic to give me a call. Did you guys lose my number?

Check back for more of my Thailand adventures!

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Taken on: 25th June, 2012. Copyright: All Rights Reserved - See Sam Antonio Photography's page of Flickr

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