My visit to Wat Pho in Bangkok, and the photographs I took there of the murals and buildings – and how much I missed while I was there.
Report on hospital visits in Bangkok and photographs from Wat Phra Kaew in the Royal Palace Compound
New photo album from Wat Arun, the Temple of the Dawn, in Bangkok showing the Prangs, Viharn, Pavillions and Murals from the Ubosot.
I have just published two new web albums on the Photo Dharma website that I took recently at nearby Chinese temples. They were taken to try out my new camera which is advertised as being especially useful in low light conditions.
Video of murals inside Viharn Lai Kham, which date from the mid-19th century and illustrate two non-Canonical Jataka Stories, using pan and zoom techniques to animate the photographs.
A successful appeal to buy land so that the Bodhirukaramaya monastery near Kurunegala, Sri Lanka doesn’t loose its water supply.
A report on my stay at Wat Sri Suphan in Chiang Mai, the wonderful art work that is found there and the support they are giving to the local traditions of Lanna arts and crafts.
Photographs from the temples in the old City, which are some of the oldest in Chiang Mai, and were often built with Royal patronage, along with recollections of my visit to the various Temples.
The first four albums from my photoshoot in Chiang Mai have just been published, and cover some of the out-of-station sites. I have also added histories, maps and illustrative materials to the various pages
Over the past few years Ven. Dhammika has been traveling extensively and fortunately for us he took his camera with him. Now he has contributed some of these photos to the Photo Dharma website.
While I was in Wat Olak Madu I took numerous photographs of some of the modern artworks that are found in the Preaching Hall and Sima Hall, which has resulted in two new albums for the Photo Dharma website.
At the end of March two good friends teamed up together for the first time and got me over to Kelantan in north-eastern Malaysia to photograph the old Thai temples there. The result is 5 new albums for the Photo Dharma website.
Po Win Daung is a large complex of 800+ sandstone caves around 20 km from Monywa, which have been dug out of the hills and contains what is considered to be one of the richest collection of mural paintings and Buddhist statues in South-East Asia.
The very next day we organised a major outing to go and see the Po Win caves which are west of Monywa, and around 150km away from our base. This was probably our biggest “find” on the trip.
After visiting and photographing the Kyauktawgyi Pagoda, and feeling more satisfied with ourselves, having done one of the things we had set out to do, we decided to walk back over the U Bein bridge. The bridge is said, at around 1200 metres long, to be the longest teak bridge in the world, and was…
King Pagan built the Kyauktawgyi Temple on an island in the Taugthaman Lake in 1847, inside there are many very fine mural paintings showing temples and pagodas from throughout the Burmese Kingdom.
One of the most interesting of the many art forms I came across in Myanmar was the mosaic work, which is often a mixture of small mirrors and stained glass or coloured stones that adorn the temples and pagodas throughout the country.
The Sutaungpyai Pagoda, which is situated right on the top of the Mandalay hill is a really wonderful temple to see, with very beautiful and complex mosaic glasswork covering the pillars, walls, ceilings and shrines.
Yesterday we saw the Tipitaka had been carved on marble slabs at the Kuthodaw Pagoda. Right next door at the Sandamuni Pagoda, there are slabs which contain not just the Tipitaka, but the commentaries and sub-commentaries as well.