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Visit Wat Phra Singh (Chiang Rai)

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Wat Phra Singh

Thai name : วัดพระสิงห์

GPS : 19.91157,99.83019 (See on the map)
Chiang Rai
Chiang Rai
Chiang Rai
Chiang Rai


The main building is the twin of Wat Phra Singh in Chiang Mai which now houses the Phra Buddha Sihing previously stored here in Chiang Rai. But if you have already visited Wat Phra Singh in Chiang Mai, you may not have noticed the similarity since it only concern one building. Built in 1385, Chiang Rai's Wat Phra Singh is more modest but its roofs are absolutely stunning, probably the most beautiful in the country. The doors of its two Lanna style main buildings are decorated with superb wodden carvings gilded with gold, work of local artisans. The decorations of the main chapel were designed by Thawan Dutchani and tell the story of the four elements, earth, water, air and fire. Just before the two Wihaan there is a huge bell and behind them a golden chedi. But it is really for the wood paneling and flared roofs with superb figures that visiting this temple is interesting. This is certainly one of the three temples in the city you should not miss!

Practical information about Wat Phra Singh

No admission fee
The temple is located almost opposite the TAT office and 10 minutes walk from the Wat Phra Kaew.
Do not come too early in the morning. Before 9 a.m., doors of the main chapel are often closed.

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Rules to respect when visiting a temple

Wat Phra Singh is a temple and when you visit a temple in Thailand there are some rules to know and follow :

  • Dress properly (knees and shoulders should be covered)
  • Take off your shoes when entering the buildings
  • Be quiet
  • Don't hug or kiss
  • Don't point your feet to Buddha's image
  • Don't smoke

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