Not quite sure how Donald Duck fits in with Buddhist teachings, but he is there!
Along with a veritable menagerie of animals including a camel and other mythical guardian animals.
We got caught in a torrential downpour and ended up spending over an hour in the small museum and library room of this particular temple!
There is a Sacred Source in the temple grounds that used to be full of holy water – it’s nearly dried up now and surrounded by a wall.
The water served in the past to wash the Buddha relics. It was also used for the baths of the kings of Chiang Mai.
The upper prayer hall is reached by stairs guarded by mythical beasts. Part dragon and part snake, similar to the Makara of Hindu mythology.The Makara is a terrestrial animal at the front and aquatic animal at the rear sometimes a fish tail or a seal.
More of the sacred Nagas – snake-like beings or a snake deity – guard the temple.
They curl around stairs, slither up walls and coil around pillars where ever you look.