This remarkable image of a female Buddha is situated on a cliff face by a temple inhabited exclusively by female monks. Wat Wua, Cow Temple, is in a ethnic Shan village, Muang Na, by the Thailand-Myanmar border. The monks with shaved heads wear the saffron robes of their male counterparts. It is very rare to see women wearing anything but white robes signifying their status as ‘nuns’ rather than monks in a Thai temple. Below the image is a meditation cave and monastery.
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I am an Australian expat living in the hills of Mae Hong Son province Thailand (please visit I photograph almost everything, above and below ground.

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  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 2 years ago

    This is fascinating, John. What a lovely & compelling image! I’ve taken a quick look on the internet but can’t find anything further about this place. Any suggestions?

  • The full name is Wat Ananda Tham Wua, which seems to be related to a temple in Singapore, but not to the Tham Wua temple in Mae Hong Son near where i live. Best way to see it is hop on a plane….

    – John Spies

  • jules572
    jules572over 2 years ago

    Simply EXQUISITE! John. Your images take us to places where many of us would never get to travel….Jules…Favour

  • Thanks again Jules

    – John Spies

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 2 years ago

    Wonderful viewing … very feminine shape and beautiful flowing robes !

  • Thanks Trish, it is a striking image

    – John Spies

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