Wat Phra Singh – located in the old city of Chiang Mai, Wat Phra Singh’s Wihan Lai Kham is home to Phra Phutthasihing, Chiang Mai’s most sacred Buddha image. The Temple dates back to the 14th century when Chiang Mai was the capital of the Lanna Kingdom, and it is one of the finest examples of classic Lanna style temple architecture in Northern Thailand. It is known as “The Monastery of the Lion Buddha” or “The temple of the Lion Buddha”. A major monastery, housing hundreds of friendly monks who often approach tourists to practice their English.
The oldest structure of the wat is the main chedi, built in 1345 by King Pha Yu to enshrine the ashes of his father. Each of the sides of the chedi is decorated with elephant figures emerging from the chedi. Since its construction in the 14th century it has been enlarged considerably.
Wat Phra Singh Image Gallery
Take a walk through the complex and you will see the saffron robed monks everywhere.
Taking in the magnificence of Wat Phra Singh, i was awestruck by the detail in the loins, the temples, and the peaceful place of the site despite it being one of Thailand’s top attractions. Wat Phra Singh is phenomenal.
The largest building is Viharn Luang, rebuilt in 1925 on the site of a 14th-century original and was restored in 2008. It houses Phra Chao Thong Tip, a large image of the seated Buddha cast of gold and copper.
The little monastic library is decorated with Buddhist spirit figures in high relief. There are also several chedis on the temple grounds.
The beautiful Viharn Lai Kham, is considered a fine example of Lanna monastic architecture. Inside is the Lion Buddha. The walls are covered in murals. The round pillars and the wall behind the Buddhas are decorated in red-and-gold patterns.
During the Songkran festival, every April 13-15, locals bath the Buddha image with scented water, which brings good luck according to a traditional belief. Walking around Wat Phra Singh is quite a nice experience. Take your time to appreciate the mosaic work and architecture is highly recommended.
Wat Phra Singh Facts
Address: Samlarn, Ratchadamnoen Road
50200 Chiang Mai, Thailand
Opening Hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Entrance fee: Adult 20 Baht – Children free