Wat Phra Sing
Location - End of Phra Singh Rd, Chiang Mai
Notes - visiting Wats requires you to be appropriately dress and entering the halls requires you to take off your shoes.
Wat Phra Singh is near the centre of the old town at the end of Ratchadamnoen Road [the one leading from Thapae Gate to the Sunday Walking Street market] and nearby to Wat Chedi Luang and most of the old town famous Wats. Click here to see Map
Wat Phra Singh is Chiang Mai's most prestigious temple and is the epicentre of yearly Songkran Festivities among the Buddhist faithful.
Wat Phra Sing was built in 1345 by King Phayu as a Temple to house the ashes of his father, King Kham Fu. 22 years later they brought in the lion style Buddha statue that now sits in the Sermon Hall.
The statue is said to be the holiest in Chiangmai as it came from the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya, India where Buddha gained his enlightenment.
Wat Phra Singh has a pretty ground full of old trees, Lanna-style worshipping halls, a prestigious Buddha image, a Reclining Buddha, Jade Buddha and Gold Buddhas and a giant stupa.