Buddhist temples of Tachileik, Myanmar (Burma)
Tachileik (or Tachilek) is a town in Eastern Burma (Myanmar) in an area of the country known as the Shan State. The town borders Thailand and the adjoining Thai town of Mae Sai.
I put this photo gallery together to show some of the strikingly beautiful architecture of Burmese Buddhist temples found in the town of Tachileik.
Phra Jow La Keng Temple
The temple shown below is called Phra Jow La Keng Temple and is the most peaceful of the temples that I visited in Tachileik, despite being nearest to the busy town square.
Shwe Dagon Pagoda
Shwe Dagon Pagoda is a beautiful golden pagoda located on a hillside. It's not far from the town square, but It's a steep climb, especially in searing temperatures. It's a good idea to take a cheap taxi tour, costing a few dollars, that takes in this temple and a few other temples as well as other places of interest. I've done it both ways and I definitely recommend the latter.
Apart from the striking beauty of the pagoda, there are interesting sculptures and great views over the Burmese and Thai countryside.
The Grounds of Shwe Dagon Pagoda are host to numerous statues of Buddha and his followers. Good photo material there.
Shwe Dagon is the most 'touristy' of the places shown here, and there are lots of sellers of souvenirs, etc. It's a beautiful place, but not the most peaceful of temple grounds.
Access to the Burmese town of Tachileik is, for most visitors, via the border control point in the neighbouring Thai town of Mae Sai. This is a common and regular entry point to Burma for expat foreigners based in north Thailand. Normally, access to Burma requires an expensive visa and a flight directly to the capital city, Rangoon. This entry point at Tachileik requires no Burmese visa as it is a limited access entry point which permits the visitor up to 14 days, but only within the town of Tachileik.
Full details of the requirements can be found in this hub.
Thai - Burma border at Tachileik
Thai Buddhist temples
Thailand also has strikingly beautiful temples and architecture. Click the link below to have a look:
- Thailand Buddhist Temple art, artifacts and architec...
Information and photos depicting visually striking, Thai Buddhist temple art, architecture, and icons.
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