Photo: They were not kidding about silver.

Wat Sri Suphan

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Wat Sri Suphan’s claim to fame is its spectacular silverwork—the sheer volume makes you wonder how there’s any of the precious metal left to make anything else in Chiang Mai.

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We’re not sure what quality the silver is, as some of it is clearly silver plating or even silver paint, but a whole lot of silver there certainly is at Wat Sri Suphan. The main feature is the silver ubosot, or ordination hall.

Silver Ganesh. Photo taken in or around Wat Sri Suphan, Chiang Mai, Thailand by Mark Ord.

Silver Ganesh. Photo: Mark Ord

We photographed the hall on a dull Chiang Mai day so it looked kind of grey but get the sun shining on it and it is spectacular. The interior is also all silver, with some finely crafted reliefs depicting scenes from Buddhist mythology.

Plenty of friendly monks wander around the complex and we assume some speak English since the temple holds a “monk chat”—we’re sure one of them would take great pleasure in explaining the depicted scenes. Sri Suphan’s monk chat plus meditation is on Tuesday, Thursday and ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 200 words.)

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