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In Chiang Mai, there are several night markets. Besides the Sunday Night Market and the Night Bazaar, there is the less known Saturday Night Market, which we want to visit.
It takes place every Saturday from 4 p.m. to 0 p.m. along Wua Lai Road and is approximately 1 km long. The Wua Lai Road lies south of the city wall. This neighborhood is home to the traditional silversmiths and silver dealers. So it is not surprising that one offers that a lot of silver articles here.
At the crossroads of Bumrung Buri Road with Prapokkloa Road is a little square with Street Food stalls. We dine here before we plunge into the tumult.
When we light ourselves a cigarette, an American aging hippie with long gray hair comes towards us and points out that smoking is forbidden here. We extinguish our cigarettes immediately. Later we learned that the entire night market is a non-smoking market.
If one would also make the car and motorbike traffic emission-free, one would have almost clean air, apart from the street barbecues. But this cannot change our good mood.
Saturday Night Market
As we turn into Wua Lai Road, we are lost for words about the crowds of people swarming through the market. There are many interesting objects to see, to buy, and also to eat.
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A lot of food stalls line the roadside and offer fish, sweets and other local specialties.
Most interesting for us are the silversmiths, which produce hand-chased silver pictures. An art you can hardly see anymore.
The merchants sell a lot of silver objects, like jewelry, vases, and picture frames.
The market is known also for its fresh herbs from the surroundings of Chiang Mai. But one can also discover original objects of art and pictures made by local artists here.
Of course, you also find the usual souvenir and T-shirt stands.
Wat Si Supan
On the way back we pass Wat Si Supan. A small Thai orchestra gives a concert.
Wat Si Supan was built between 1495 and 1515 and is one of the oldest temples in Chiang Mai. The outside and the inside are completely covered with silver. While gold is is normally the predominating color in a Thai temple, one decided here, in the heart of the silver skilled crafts, in favor of silver. At night, Wat Si Supan shines in a marvelous blue.
In front of the temple stands a silver Ganesha sculpture protected by a large umbrella. Ganesha, the elephant deity, is particularly widespread in Hinduism but also worshiped in Buddhism.
As the Saturday Night Market comes to an end, we want to take a tuk-tuk, but these are very rare since everyone wants to go home at the same time. So we decided to walk, because the Amora Hotel is not too far away.
Satisfied with the experience, we enjoy the evening walk.
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