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Wat Lok Molee

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Wat Lok Molee is an attractive and often overlooked little temple which recently received a facelift. While not one of Chiang Mai’s most well known temples, it's well worth including on any temple tour of downtown.

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If we were to grade wats by the number of photos we take in them, then Wat Lok Molee is right near the top; not so much for the main viharn, which is a fairly classic design, but for some of the oddities and curios we came across scattered around the small, interestingly cluttered grounds. When visiting any of Chiang Mai’s temples, it is always worth poking around in the corners or peeking behind things.

The main affair. Photo taken in or around Wat Lok Molee, Chiang Mai, Thailand by Mark Ord.

The main affair. Photo: Mark Ord

Some fascinating mosaics and reliefs adorn the hall’s walls—no gaudy murals in this one—showing the eight different Buddha positions of the week. (There are two for Wednesdays—morning and afternoon.) More intriguing is the eclectic range of subsidiary statues and images to be found in various corners of the garden, such as an impressive Brahma image. (Well, it’s officially Brahma but manages to combine aspects of Shiva—the third eye—as well as holding attributes more commonly associated ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)


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