Wat Phra Singh

Wat Phra Singh

A fine example of Lanna architecture

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The conveniently placed Wat Phra Singh features what is said to be a classic Lanna-style hall as well as another prestigious Buddha image and is worth a visit if you’re in the area.

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Soak up the atmosphere. Photo by: Mark Ord.
Soak up the atmosphere. Photo: Mark Ord

Elsewhere in the small but attractive temple complex look out for the spectacular, gold leaf-clad, main chedi with its guardian lions and the large bodhi tree (ficus religiosa) surrounded by eight Buddha images corresponding to the days of the week. (Wednesday’s are split into afternoon and morning in the Theravada calendar.) While this is a shady spot with trees and a well-tended garden, 15 minutes or so is sufficient to explore the small compound. It could easily be combined with a visit to the large and lively municipal market just down the street.

Before you enter Wat Phra Singh, check out the old, pale yellow-painted and recently restored Chiang Rai city hall opposite. It is a fantastic old building which according to the TAT staff across the road is intended at some stage in the future to become the principal ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 100 words.)

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Based in Chiang Mai, Mark Ord has been travelling Southeast Asia for over two decades and first crossed paths with Travelfish on Ko Lipe in the early 1990s.

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