Wat Phra Singh

This is the most esteemed temple of Chiang Mai as it draws the sightseers and pilgrims to see its Buddha and the classic Lanna architecture and art. One has to cover their shoulders and knees before entering the temple. The lion Buddha (Phra Singh) is the temple is the most famous image and is kept in the Wihan Lai Kham. The 3 tiered roof and carved gables is a classic Lanna style architecture. Inside are the murals and the golden stencilling (Lai Krahm). Even though the Phra Singh has a noble status, people do not know much about it. It is one of the most beautiful Lanna religious arts. It has a lotus shaped topknot and human-esque features that makes it interesting and beautiful to look at. Other important features are the octagonal base which is classic style of Lanna. It was built in the 1345 by King Pa Yo. There is also a Thong Thip at the entrance.

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