Wat Boopparam / Wat Buppharam

Next temple on the snap happy tour was Wat Boopparam / Wat Buppharam. A zany, colourful affair close to the southern side of Thapae Road.

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.

Colourful Naga guard the temple

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.

Wat Boopparam / Wat Buppharam
Wat Boopparam / Wat Buppharam
Wat Boopparam / Wat Buppharam
Wat Boopparam / Wat Buppharam
Wat Boopparam / Wat Buppharam

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.

The Great “Dhamma-hall” of Wat Buppharam. In front is a large walking Buddha statue.

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.


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