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Visit Silver Temple (Chiang Mai)

Thai name : วัดศรีสุพรรณ
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Chiang Mai Silver Temple, (its true name is Wat Sri Suphan), is one of the curiosities of the city. Located in Wualai district, Chiang Mai's traditional silver-making district, it is known for its silver ubosot (ordination hall).

Wat Sri Suphan was originally built around 1500 as the main temple for the silverworkers village. Time after time, parts of the temple were repaired with silver. It was not in 2008 that it was decided to completely cover its ubosot with silver. The interior of the silver temple is very interesting with some beautiful engravings but it is unfortunately forbidden for women to enter because of old Lanna rules.
The temple houses a small silver workshop open to the public. You can attend a workshop there but you must call to book 24 hours in advance (Tel: 089 432 2594 or by LINE gmclub). On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays evenings, there is a monk chat (like in other Chiang Mai temples such as Wat Chedi Luang or Wat Suan Dok). Then there is a meditation session for everyone. It seems that there are now 200 THB to pay to participate but to check.
Chiang Mai Silver Temple is located right next to the street where the Saturday Walking Street takes place, I advise you to go there, it stays open late these evenings and is beautifully lit. ANd every Saturday night starting at 7.30 pm, there are several buddhist ceremonies and animations in the temple.

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Practical information about Silver Temple

Foreigners sees to have to pays a 50 THB fee now.

If you want to attend a sculpture on metal workshop, you must book at least the day before (Tel: 089 432 2594 or by LINE gmclub or by going to the temple). It costs 200 THB per hour per person and each workshop lasts from 1 to 3 hours depending of what you want to do. The temple is located just outside the central square of Chiang Mai.

To go visit Silver Temple, you can also book one of the tours above.

How to get to Silver Temple ?

Chiang Mai Silver Temple is just outside the central square formed by the ramparts and moats of Chiang Mai, so, in general, unless you have chosen accommodation quite out of the way, you can get there by walking or by bicycle quite easily. Other option, Smart Bus R3 can drop you off to the temple (Wat Sri Suphan). Otherwise, as always in Chiang Mai, you can use the red cars that circulate constantly in town, take a tuk-tuk or even order a VTC.

Some tours going Silver Temple

Travel Chiang Mai: Umbrella Village, Wood Carving Village & Unique Silver Temple
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Travel Chiang Mai: Umbrella Village, Wood Carving Village & Unique Silver Temple

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Visit Bo Sang umbrella making center in Sankampaeng, Silverware and Thai silk. You can do tattoo painting or buy unique T-shirt or mobile phone case for artists to paint or create in 10 minutes. Wood carving at Baan Tawai. And visit stunning Silver Temple.

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