Wat Phan Tao is perhaps an underrated temple in Chiang Mai as more prominent temples like Wat Chedi Luang often seem to shine and attract more attention. To be honest, I stumbled across this temple while wandering around Chian Mai looking for other temples and I found this temple to be quite captivating. The first thing that stands out is the narrow, pink stone entrance to the temple. When I first approached the entrance I really liked how the narrow entrance, which is always a nice spiritual metaphor, pointed to the golden buddha sitting in the temple within. That really struck me. The golden buddha inside is certainly a worthy sight in and of itself but I feel that the buddha in the context of the doorway was a much more powerful visual and that's what I had in mind when I shot this photo. I actually bracketed three separate exposures and compiled them into an HDR image so that both the gate and the buddha could be properly exposed together. This is a wonderful "under-the-radar" temple well worth visiting.