In this week’s challenge, show us your take on a monument (broadly defined). It could be a fresh angle on a well-known tourist site, or a place nobody knows outside your community. It doesn’t even have to be an official monument. A legendary coffeehouse, a churchyard cemetery, the remains of a treehouse you’d built as a kid — anything can be monumental as long as it’s imbued with a shared sense of importance.
I wish I could give all sorts of facts and figures for the White Buddha that sits at the top of Doi In Cee, 10 km West of Chiang Rai, Thailand, but there is little to no information on the Buddha’s height. I would guess that it is somewhere around the height of a 2-3 story building.
The way most people get to the top is via the 800+ steps up the mountain, we had hired a driver for the day and this was our last of four sites visited that day. The road was very steep and on the way back down the driver had to take off his seat belt in order to get closer to the steering wheel so that he could see the road.
After looking through all the stuff I brought back from Thailand, here is all I was able to find out about Doi In Cee…
10 km West from Chiang Rai, you find Doi In Cee at a height of 1200 meters. Tranquility surrounds you after a climb of 899 steps and the most magnificent view over Chiang Rai makes this a new top destination for Chiang Rai visitors!
–Chiang Rai Booklet, Issue 13, October – December 2010
What I’m not sure of, after typing in the above quote, is if the Buddha is 1200 meters…or the hill that it sits on is at 1200 meters. Either way the view of the Buddha, and of Chiang Rai in the distance, is very beautiful!
Taken with the Sony DSC-HX100V in November of 2010
Focal Length: 15mm
Shutter Speed: 1/500
Post processed in Lightroom and edited (clouds added) in Perfect Photo Suite 8
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