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Chiang Mai Silver

South of the main city square of Chiang Mai, there is an area where silver shops abound. I didn't look into them. I can't afford either gold or silver and not knowing if what I'm buying is the real thing, deters me. We were noodling around on the bicycles and ran across one wat with the theme of silver. Since most wats feature gold (or what purports to be gold), this was quite refreshing. It was in an area of artisan shops and silversmithing. Then, off Wua Lai Road (where the Saturday evening Walking Street Market is held), we found another - Wat Srisuphan. We saw work on metal friezes and asked if the material was indeed silver. "Oh yes, silver", it was confirmed. Without massive security guarding these temples at night, I was doubtful, so on another occasion, I got some young Thai to ask, in Thai. The report back was that the metal is aluminium - which makes more sense. I would guess some sculptures are covered in silver leaf (I saw some and donated some) but for the most part, it makes more sense that the major roof structures and larger pieces, are aluminium - in itself, not cheap, especially in the quantities used.
Chedi Architectural Style
Chedi Architectural Style
Chedi Architectural Style
Chedi Architectural Style
Chedi Architectural Style
Chedi Architectural Style
Different Architectural Style of Chedi
Different Architectural Style of Chedi
Architectural Styles of Chedi
Architectural Styles of Chedi
Chedi Architecture
Chedi Architecture
Chedi Styles
Chedi Styles
Blinding if Viewed at the Wrong Angle.
Blinding if Viewed at the Wrong Angle.
Silver Wat
Silver Wat
Entry: Silver Wat
Entry: Silver Wat
Portico:Silver Wat
Portico:Silver Wat
Wall figure detail
Wall figure detail
Through the Doorway
Through the Doorway
Asking for Donations
Asking for Donations
Inside the Wat
Inside the Wat
Wall frieze.
Wall frieze.
Interior Frieze Detail
Interior Frieze Detail
Frieze Detail
Frieze Detail
Stag-horn Fern in all its Glory
Stag-horn Fern in all its Glory
Stag-horn fern
Stag-horn fern
Shelter Outside the Wat
Shelter Outside the Wat
Traditional Pot
Traditional Pot
Pot Detail
Pot Detail
Guardians to the Chedi, Silver Wat.
Guardians to the Chedi, Silver Wat.
Local Saint
Local Saint
Artisan
Artisan
Careful tap
Careful tap
Striking.
Striking.
 Workshop Environment
Workshop Environment
Display, gift shop area, Wat Srisuphan
Display, gift shop area, Wat Srisuphan
Silver frieze
Silver frieze
Silver Statue
Silver Statue
Gold and Silver Leaf
Gold and Silver Leaf
Wat: Interior Detail
Wat: Interior Detail
Silver Outside, Primary Colours Within
Silver Outside, Primary Colours Within
Golden light
Golden light
For Men Only...
For Men Only...
Resin
Resin
New Objects of Adoration
New Objects of Adoration
Paying Their Respects
Paying Their Respects