Category: Chiang Mai

Picture by Morinosuke Tanaka. Teak logs piled up.

Khua Kula, the first Ping River bridge

Khua Kula, the first Ping River bridge   Khua Kula (ขัวกุลา) was a teak wooden bridge on the current location of the Chansom Memorial footbridge. Dr. Marion A. Cheek, an American missionary doctor, designed and built this...

Sri Nakorn Ping Cineman

Sri Nakorn Ping Cinema

Sri Nakorn Ping Cinema The Sri Nakorn Ping Cinema was located close to the corner of Rachawong and Chiang Moi roads. The cinema was opened just after the end of World War Two and...

Poy Luang Hotel

Poy Luang Hotel

Many Chiang Mai residents are familiar with the Poy Luang Hotel. This hotel has been closed for probably about 20 years. It is a 16-storey structure located on the super highway with the characteristic...

Wat Rampoeng Tapotaram

Wat Rampoeng Tapotaram (วัดร่ำเปิง ตโปทาราม) is located at the foot of Doi Suthep, the mountain that overlooks Chiang Mai. It is a well-known meditation centre. It offers a 10-day long silent Vipassana meditation retreat....

Songkran

Songkran Festival Then and Now (2)

Over the years Songkran (ประเณีสงกรานต์) changed to what it is now. In the 50’s and 60’s festivities were concentrated in the Thapae road/Ping River area. Revellers were standing in the river splashing water on...

Songkran Festival

Songkran Festival Then and Now (1)

Who doesn’t like old pictures of Chiang Mai? Of the Songkran festival (in Thai: ประเพณีสงกรานต์) there are many pictures to be found online but what story do they tell? Most of the black and...

Wat Ku Tao 1950

Wat Ku Tao, the Shan Temple

Wat Ku Tao, the Shan Temple Wat Ku Tao aka Wat Weruwanaramwiharn is a Buddhist temple located in Tambon Sriphum in Chiang Mai, next to the municipal stadium. “Weruwan Wiharn” means temple in the...