Wat Phra Singh is considered the main temple of Chiang Mai old town. It’s history goes back to the 13th century, when the “Wihan Lai Kham” was built to house the Buddha statue “Phra Buddha Singh”. However, now the Wihan Lai Kham is not the main temple in the Wat Phra Singh complex (though still the main attraction!)
The complex houses at least three different temples, including the oldest one, Wihan Lai Kham, as well as the main temple, Wihan Luang, and other temples like the Ubosot and Phrathatluang. The complex also contains the temple library as well as some cafes that offer small meals, juice and coffee.
A visit to the complex deserves about one hour to 90 minutes of your time, in order to walk around it and enjoy the different temples with their different atmospheres. The main temple “Wihan Luang” is the only one that has an entrance ticket of 20 Bahts. If you don’t want to pay them, you can still visit the other temples on the complex for free.
Wat Phra Singh is definitely an important, must visit, while in the old city of Chiang Mai. It is located at the end of Rachadamneon road (which hosts the Sunday market.) I would recommend spending one morning walking around the old city of Chiang Mai, visiting this temple complex as well as the other – less crowded – temples of the old town.
Wat Phra Singh in Bullets:
Worth the visit: Yes
Entrance Price: 20 Baht for the main temple – all other temples of the complex are for free.
Time to spend: 60 to 90 minutes
Photos allowed inside: Yes
Dress code: Conservative
Other nearby attractions: Lots of temples as well as the main touristic street of Chiang Mai – Rachadamneon.
Photos of Wat Phra Singh complex:
the main temple, entrance for 20 bahts
Wihan Lai Kham;
The oldest temple, contains Phra Buddha Singh, entrance is free
Ubosot of Wat Phra Singh;
The holiest room of a Wat, entrance is free
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