Timings : 5:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Entry Fee : Main Viharn: THB 20
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Often regarded as the most beautiful Chiang Mai temple, Wat Phra Singh is a Buddhist temple in the western part of the old Chiang Mai City. It is perhaps the second most important Chiang Mai temple after Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. During each Songkran; the Thai New Year, the figure is taken out and paraded through the Chiang Mai streets. This religious procession witnesses spectators sprinkling water in honour over the statue.
Established in 1345, the Lai Kam assembly hall at Wat Phra Singh is an exquisite example of Lanna architecture. The hallmarks of the Wat Phra Singh are its Lanna-style roofs and a glittering Viharn. With intricate wood carvings, gilded round columns and soaring wing-shaped ceilings, this assembly hall also houses the famous Phra Buddha Sihing Buddha statue.
Although the origins of this statue are unclear, it is believed to have been brought via Ceylon (present-day Sri Lanka) to Ligor (present-day Nakhon Si Thammarat). The statue is said to have been further transported to Ayutthaya and finally to Chiang Mai, where it currently rests. Legend has it that this statue is based on the lion of Shakya, a prominent icon in the Mahabodhi Temple of Bodh Gaya (India), which has been missing ever since.
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