Photo of the Week: Novice Monk Painting a Dragon

by Christy on

Monk Painting at Wat Prathat Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai, Thailand

As we prepared to climb the 309 stairs up to Wat Prathat Doi Suthep (the large temple at the top of a mountain overlooking Chiang Mai, Thailand), we came across two monks painting dragon heads.

The stairs are bounded by two dragons, whose tails extend from the base all the way up to the wat itself… looks like these novices have a lot of painting ahead of them!

Monk Painting at Wat Prathat Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai, Thailand

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ryan February 17, 2012 at

but the dragon not looks like dragon water element (symbol of this year). are this picture you capture on chinese new years celebration? i think if they choose blue colour for the dragon, its seen looks so cool. but this is awesome picture, what the series/product photo camera do you use? its looks so sharp. (sorry if my english grammar is bad, cause im from malysia)

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Christy February 19, 2012 at

Hi Ryan, thanks for the comment! The dragon is part concrete, part tile (and probably some other elements I have no clue about :) ), so it’s a permanent fixture. I think the monks were mostly sprucing it up, as the paint has faded and chipped quite a bit. I’m so glad you like the photo, though, and we shot it using our basic Canon t2i DSLR.

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Christy February 18, 2012 at

It looks like pretty intricate work. My arm would probably get tired after a while. :) I love that first photo.
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Christy February 19, 2012 at

I like painting so I think it would be fun at first, but yeah… I’m sure my arm would practically fall off after too much of that. :)

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Scott - Quirky Travel Guytwitter: quirkytravelguy February 19, 2012 at

That looks like it would take forever! Cool shots.
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Christy February 20, 2012 at

I know! I kind of wanted to ask how long they’d been working at it so far, but I didn’t want to interrupt. :)

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InsideJourneystwitter: InsideJourneys February 19, 2012 at

Very beautiful. Wonder how long it takes.
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Christy February 20, 2012 at

Me too – I hope it’s not the same monks who have to paint all the way up the tail!

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Rease February 20, 2012 at

I wonder if the monks see the painting of tiny details as a form of meditation. Beautiful photos.
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Christy February 20, 2012 at

Thanks, Rease! That’s an interesting idea, I hadn’t thought of the possibility that it was a form of meditation.

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Molly February 23, 2012 at

Woah! This is so unique!

He looks so calm and concentrated..makes me want to go make some art right now!
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Christy February 26, 2012 at

He really does look calm – lends credence to the idea that maybe it’s a form of meditation. :)

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Cathy Sweeneytwitter: TravelingWithS February 28, 2012 at

Quite a detailed job those monks have to do. The result is beautiful. Love the pics.

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Christy February 29, 2012 at

Thanks, Cathy! It really is a beautiful outcome.

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Anwar March 4, 2012 at

Wow… I wonder how long it takes to paint the entire dragon… Very interesting photo.
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Christy March 5, 2012 at

It reminds me of what everyone likes to say about painting the Golden Gate Bridge red – once they finish, it’s time to start painting again from the beginning! I really hope it’s an urban legend, but maybe the dragon is the same way? ;)

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Steven@hawaiian paintings October 31, 2012 at

Wow that’s really huge art of paintings.I wonder how long it would have taken to complete these paintings.Awesome works guys..

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