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Wat Phra Singh

Singharat Road, Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Ranked #8 of 111 attractions in Chiang Mai
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
Description: This temple was built in 1345 under King Phayu, the fifth king of the Mangrai dynasty.
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Tucson, Arizona
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53 reviews 53 reviews
22 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This is a very large wat and fun to wander around in it. It has several beautiful temples, one with a huge seated Buddha and one with a small seated Buddha known as the Phra Singh (15th century). There is a small building that holds a reclining Buddha and a gorgeous 15th century library (mondop)...you can't go inside the library... More

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

A must see - drink in the temple and surrounding areas, take it slowly take lots of pictures - enjoy the archetecture - talk to the monks. Do not use the Tuk Tuks at the temple - you can get around easily on foot or by red bus. Hail a Tuk Tuk in the road if you must and negotiate... More

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Berlin, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

It's a big temple with many departments but the tourist frenziness takes away the magic. I would advise you to try smaller ones. THey are everywhere and they keep their charm.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

It's a good place to see in Chiang Mai as one of the main temples. I liked that you could see monks living there which gave more insight into their lives and more Thai traditions and culture. For Chiang Mai I definitely recommend visiting here as the city is small and it's one of the main attractions. However, seeing this... More

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Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This is one of the most important wat in the walled city at the center of Chiang Mai. The buildings are beautiful, most of all the ho tray (library) on the top of a steep staircase. One of the main buildings houses some very nice murals.

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Bordeaux, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Steeped in history, lots of monks, beautiful temples and gardens. A very cool, friendly place to chill out and reflect on your stay in Thailand

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Austin,Tx
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I really enjoyed visiting this temple. It's about a 40 minute drive from Chiang Mai up the mountain and then another 10 minute walk up the stairs leading to the temple, but it's well worth it. The view from the top is incredible and walking around the inside was great! Definitely worth the trip up!

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colchester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Wat Phra Singh is one of the nicest Wats in Chaing Mai . It doses not have so many crowds some of the others . The temple is amazing with so much to look at . The grounds are beautiful and so spiritual , it's so peaceful even if it's on the city centre . If you are Wat 'ed... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We didn't go inside, but it was a great temple. Chiang Mai seems to be full of them. I just wish I had a guide with me to tell me the significance of all the adornments and the type of architecture. I had to do a wiki-binge later. Some background knowledge would really enhance this visit.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Wat Phra Singh simply demands to be visited with its position, dimensions and evident beauty. Contrary to a comment by one recent reviewer, you do not pay to enter. I'm afraid he may have fallen victim to a quick-witted con man. It gives you a whole range of experiences. I've visited a number of times and variously observed young monks... More

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