Anusawari Singh

Monument in Chiang Mai

Just beyond Hwy 11 in the north of the city, these two stucco lions were built by Chao Kavila to scare off would-be Burmese invaders. Seemingly forgotten on an artificial island, the lions are the focus of boisterous celebrations during the Suep Jata Muang festival in June, where older residents of Chiang Mai dance and make offerings to guardian spirits.