The Sri Suphan temple complex is not visited by many tourists due to its location, just south of the Old City in the traditional silver shops area, in the road in which the Saturday Walking Street market is held, but a trip there is well worth it to see the amazing silver temple.
The highlight of visiting the temple is to see the silver covered ubosot (chapel) on the right hand side as you enter the complex. This is work in progress and the covering of the chapel in silver (actually a mixture of silver and aluminium) is due to be completed in 2015 according to their excellent English website. It is very interesting to watch the silversmiths at work – they are truly talented artists.
The intricate silverwork is beautiful and very detailed, so spend some time looking at it up close to see the detailed scenes, especially on the rear of the chapel.
Woman are not allowed to enter the chapel – so luckily my husband took photos so I could see the beautiful interior, and yes lots of silverwork once again.
The rest of the temple complex is worth visiting, especially the main temple for the beautiful interior and the silver workshop to the left as you enter, where you can see the artisans and monks at work creating the silver panels.
There were very few visitors at the temple during our visit, so we basically had the temple complex to our selves and could get some amazing photographs.
The temple has an interesting history and was even used by the Japanese during WW2 as a base camp. The whole history of the temple can be found on their website, with detailed information all in English
The temple also hosts monk chats and meditation classes on certain days.
Just one thing to remember, as with any temple, you need to dress respectfully and you need to remove your shoes before entering the temple.
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