Wat Phra Singh

Wat Phra Singh, Chiang Mai

Wat Phra Singh
4.5
6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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This temple was built in 1345 under King Phayu, the fifth king of the Mangrai dynasty.
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Shubhro Mitra
New Delhi, India547 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
The temple is such a nice and peaceful place. The temple is in heart of the old city and the complex is beautiful
Written 25 May 2022
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Phi Somchai
Bangkok, Thailand3,571 contributions
Apr. 2022 • Family
This temple is located in the historical old town. The big golden pagoda is the highlight here and it is very impressive.

The surrounding is very well kept. Good place to visit and take some photos
Written 9 May 2022
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Gustav Ø
Copenhagen, Denmark41 contributions
Dec. 2021 • Solo
Wat Phra Singh is a beautiful temple. There’s a lot of tourists though, and it always take a bit from the experience in my opinion.
Written 17 April 2022
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G2Kpauly
Melbourne, Australia1,444 contributions
Mar. 2022 • Friends
I usually avoid temples nowadays as I've seen so many and don't Angkor wat recently for the second time. But a friend said we should look at this one and it was quite impressive and peaceful to walk around.
Written 29 March 2022
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Krubee
Singapore, Singapore508 contributions
Dec. 2021
So far I've visited Chiang Mai twice already and has since stayed in the historic and charming Old Town district of the city. This is where the heart and culture of Chiang Mai is embodied with its heritage temples, Lanna style houses, bustling markets, delicious food and charming boutique hotels. It's a walking city so you could explore almost everything and anything comfortably by foot or you could rent a motorbike, ride a Tuk Tuk or mini-bus. Our hotel is just 5 mins aways from Wat Phra Singh, located on the western side of the old city and the end of the Rachadamnoen road in Muang district. It is a major Buddhist temple complex originally built in 1345 by King Phayu and has since gone several restorations and maintenance throughout times. Two of its most popular and stunning buildings are the Golden Pagoda and the main temple which enthrones the Golden Buddha statue. The temple gets its name from the Lions or Singh guarding the complex. The main temple is by the main road just behind a statue of the Golden Monk on a small round about rotunda. Just like other Thai temples courtesy is a must so modesty in clothing and removing of footwear is a must before you enter. I was very much impressed how simple yet classy this temple is. The stunning vibrant Red colour of the walls and ceilings together with the White columns add some uniqueness and elegance to this historic temple. The crystal chandelier on top added some more beauty and opulence to it. When we visited there were a few Temple patrons and tables were set-up and covered with Green and Yellow coverings. At the heart of the temple enthrones Phra Chao Thong Tip or the seating Buddha casted in 1477 and made of Copper and Gold and wrapped with Golden robe. Behind the Buddha is a Large Round Golden structure attached on the wall with Blue Rays similar to a Sun. Together with it are several other seating Golden Buddhas of different shapes and sizes. The photos of Thai King & Queen as well as Queen Mother are on the left of the main altar and another seating Golden Buddha to its right. I would say this is my favourite temple in Chiang Mai and if not whole of Thailand. Simple yet Classy, Elegant yet Humbling and most of all very historic and significant. There's a couple of photos of King Bhumibol also on the temple walls signifying his patronage and support since its establishment as a Royal temple of first grade in 1935. As an active temple there are donation boxes and Monk blessings provided when you visit. The other wonderful masterpiece in this complex is the Golden Chedi or Phra That Luang Chedi also built in 1345 by the same King to enshrine his father's ashes. I was totally impressed by the artistry, elegance and beauty of Lanna style architecture it is truly a work of art and masterpiece, The vibrant Golden colours shines around the complex indicating its powerful yet unassuming presence. Perfect for photos and just the feeling of looking at it immersing yourself at its glory and beauty, There is a main pagoda and a smaller on its right both made of Gold and both displays Lanna style curves and spires. This is for us one of the best Pagodas in Thailand next to Wat Arun. We didn't go inside the other temples inside but we did walk around the complex and took a couple of memorable shots and videos. The temple also has a library, garden, toilet and parking area. It is very clean, orderly and well maintained. I will surely be back here whenever I get the chance to visit Chiang Mai and is always very memorable and special whenever I visit this amazing and historic place!!!!So far I've visited Chiang Mai twice already and has since stayed in the historic and charming Old Town district of the city. This is where the heart and culture of Chiang Mai is embodied with its heritage temples, Lanna style houses, bustling markets, delicious food and charming boutique hotels. It's a walking city so you could explore almost everything and anything comfortably by foot or you could rent a motorbike, ride a Tuk Tuk or mini-bus. Our hotel is just 5 mins aways from Wat Phra Singh, located on the western side of the old city and the end of the Rachadamnoen road in Muang district. It is a major Buddhist temple complex originally built in 1345 by King Phayu and has since gone several restorations and maintenance throughout times. Two of it major and most stunning buildings are the Golden Pagoda and the main temple which houses the Golden Buddha statue. The temple gets its name from the Lions or Singh guarding the complex. The main temple is by the main road just behind a statue of the Golden Monk on a small round about rotunda. Just like other Thai temples courtesy is a must so modesty in clothing and removing of footwear is a must before you enter. I was very much impressed how simple yet classy this temple is. The stunning vibrant Red colour of the walls and ceilings together with the White columns add some uniqueness and elegance to this historic temple. The crystal chandelier on top added some more beauty and opulence to it. When we visited there were a few Temple patrons and tables were set-up and covered with Green and Yellow coverings. At the heart of the temple enthrones Phra Chao Thong Tip or the seating Buddha casted in 1477 and made of Copper and Gold and wrapped with Golden robe. Behind the Buddha is a Large Round Golden structure attached on the wall with Blue Rays similar to a Sun. Together with it are several other seating Golden Buddhas of different shapes and sizes. The photos of Thai King & Queen as well as Queen Mother are on the right of the main altar and another seating Golden Buddha to its left. I would say this is my favourite temple in Chiang Mai and if not whole of Thailand. Simple yet Classy, Elegant yet Humbling and most of all very historic and significant. There is a photo of King Bhumibol also on the temple walls signifying his patronage and support since its establishment as a Royal temple of first grade in 1935. As an active temple there are donation boxes and Monk blessings provided when you visit. The other wonderful masterpiece in this complex is the Golden Chedi or Phra That Luang Chedi also built in 1345 by the same King to enshrine his father's ashes. I was totally impressed by the artistry, elegance and beauty of Lanna style architecture it is truly a work of art and masterpiece, The vibrant Golden colours shines around the complex indicating its powerful yet unassuming presence. Perfect for photos and just the feeling of looking at it immersing yourself at its glory and beauty, There is a main pagoda and a smaller on its right both made of Gold and both displays Lanna style curves and spires. This is for us one of the best Pagodas in Thailand next to Wat Arun. We didn't go inside the other temples inside but we did walk around the complex and took a couple of memorable shots and videos. The temple also has a library, garden, toilet and parking area. It is very clean, orderly and well maintained. I will surely be back here whenever I get the chance to visit Chiang Mai and it will be again a very special and memorable visit once more on this glorious and historic place!!!!
Written 26 March 2022
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Traveller of the world
1,116 contributions
Dec. 2021 • Solo
I loved this. Big. The gold structures glowed in the sunlight. Huge. Located about a ten to fifteen minute walk from Tha Phae Gate. Straight road. Really nice atmosphere. A lot of Thai families were performing religious rituals which was nice to watch. Highly recommend.
Written 28 December 2021
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Reslimpan
Rayong, Thailand2,753 contributions
Dec. 2021 • Couples
This another Wat you need to see when in Chiang Mai. Very impressive, beautiful and tranquil. Be prepared to spend about an hour or so to take it in.
Written 27 December 2021
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International_Traveler
San Antonio, TX339 contributions
Nov. 2021 • Couples
After getting a haircut my wife and I walked to this amazing temple here in the city. This temple has gold chedi’s and an amazing temple. When we arrived the monks were chanting and the photo opportunities were just fabulous. When in Chiang Mai there is amazing temples on every street corner and this is one of the best ones.
Written 15 December 2021
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Lisaj730
New York City, NY295 contributions
Dec. 2020 • Solo
This was a boring temple, under construction. Don’t bother, we only checked it out bc our hotel was down the block. You can skip it
Written 21 August 2021
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Delaney
Singapore, Singapore222 contributions
Dec. 2020
The first temple I've ever visited in Chiang Mai, and happened to stumble upon - given my hotel's close proximity to the area (Phra Singh Village). Absolutely stunned by the graceful Lanna / Khmer architecture and the path leading all the way to the gold stupas. There were also small markets selling northern style attires and miscellaneous. Felt incredibly calm also, giving thanks and sending prayers at this beautiful temple. Would definitely love to visit again when in old town Chiang Mai.
Written 10 January 2021
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