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Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Chiangmai Wats - Wat Inthakhin [Temple of the Navel of the City]

Located on the South side of the 3 Kings' Monument's courtyard, a tiny temple which appears to be standing almost on Inthawarorot Road in the center of Chiang Mai's old town, Wat Inthakhin Sadeau Muang, which is small but  a beautiful dark teak wood temple with gold accents. 
Wat Sadeau Muang or Temple of the Navel of the City, is the former site of the City Pillar (Inthakin) and the site of why King Mengrai chose this area of the center of the city.  It's said that while hunting in the area the King witnessed two white deer fend off an entire pack of hunting dogs fearlessly which was an ominous sign.
Just inside the temple, like in many others, there was a table with an assortment of Buddha statues and bowls before them.
The main hall though small in comparison was richly decorated and presided by a white Buddha statue.
On the left-hand side, there was an array of bowls, probably to collect coin offerings.

This Wat is especially beautiful when the sun shines on it making it sparkles brightly.
During Loy Krathong festival in November, by night the Wat naturally lights up and shines outstandingly in the middle of the road thus attracting many tourists to take snapshots of it.

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