Wat Phra Singh (วัดพระสิงห์วรมหาวิหาร) is considered the most revered temple in Chiang Mai (along with another famous temple Wat Phra That Doi Suthep) and if you ask any local about the places to visit in Chiang Mai, this famous Buddhist temple will certainly top the list. Located within the walls of old city, you can easily identify Wat Phra Singh temple by the crowd at its entrance and two lions guarding the gates. Inside temple, you can also find the image of Lion Buddha (Phra Singh) in small chapel next to chedi.
Compound and Golden Temple of Wat Phra Singh
As you take a walk around, you will be mesmerized by the Golden Chedi and the blissful atmosphere around. Temple complex has a beautiful combination with green trees around and Golden Chedi and Buddha statues in the center. You can find devotees sitting in prayer, tying sacred threads, offering flowers or lighting incense sticks.
Here are the pictures of Golden Chedi and temple compound –
Quick Background of Wat Phra Singh Temple
(Details as per board at Temple Entrance) Wat Phrasingha Woramahawiharn is the first class of royal temple. It was established by the 5th king, Phaya Payoo, of Mangrai Dynasty in 1345 AD. At the very beginning, the front of the temple was the place where merchants were coming and exchanging their goods. People called this place Lee Chiang Phra Market and the temple Wat Lee Chiang Phra. Around 1400 AD, Prince Mahaprom brought a Buddhasihingha image from Kamphaengpetch, and dedicated it to the king Saen Muang Ma, the 7th king of Mangrai Dynasty. The king installed the Sihingha image in Wat Lee Chiang Phra. Later people called this temple Wat PhraSingha because of the name of the Sihingha image.
Wat Phra Singh Dress Code
In General, for all temples of Thailand, you may refer the following image for dress code –
Wat Phra Singh Opening Hours
5:00 AM to 8:30 PM
Wat Phra Singh Entrance Fee
20 Bahts for Admission to Main. Admission to Temple complex is free.
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