Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Why Travel Tuesday: Chiang Mai Tha Pae Gate

(Every Tuesday, I will be featuring a photograph from a place I have gone to, a photograph which I believe will inspire others to go out and see the world for themselves. For this week, Why Travel Tuesday features the center of the center of Chiang Mai: Chiang Mai Tha Pae Gate.)

Tha Pae Gate, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Tha Pae Gate in Chiang Mai Old Town during the Sunday Walking Market

If there was one thing I look forward to every Sunday now that I have been based in Chiang Mai for quite a few months now, it's the Chiang Mai Sunday Market. Spanning the width of the Chiang Mai Old Town, the Chiang Mai Sunday Market is probably one of the liveliest, busiest and most delicious night markets I have ever been in Southeast Asia. And it all starts at that gate. That is Tha Pae Gate, located on the eastern side of Chiang Mai Old Town. It is the main entrance to this historic capital city. If there was a festival in Chiang Mai, the main event will be here. If Chiang Mai were to drop its own Times Square Ball on New Year, it will be here. It is the center of the center of this northern capital. I think you get the drift.

Where is the center of the center of your town?

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