Wat Sri Suphan

Wat Sri Suphan, Chiang Mai

Wat Sri Suphan
4.5
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
About
World’s First Silver Sanctuary World’s First Silver Sanctuary, located at Wat Sri Suphan (Sri Suphan Temple), Chaingmai, Thailand. The Abbot of Sri Suphan Temple, Phrakru Phitak Suttikun (Suphon Suthasilo), Temple Committees, Devotees, and group of Lanna craftsman had been constructed the silver sanctuary by using the former base, former boundary stones and former principle Buddha image (Phra Jao Jed Tue, built in B.E. 2043.). The Silver Sanctuary was built and decorated by Silver Handicraftsmen (Lanna folk wisdom) of Wua Lai Community that has been descended from their ancestors. The sanctuary is decorated with the pure silver on the most crucial and safety parts. Aluminum was used for the decoration of the rest of the sanctuary areas, instead of using pure silver for the whole building. Inside the sanctuary, each carved wall consists of the stories of Lord Buddha, Buddhist Doctrine, History of Phra Jao Liab Lok and Phra Jao Prod Lok (Thai Buddha’s preaching stories), Buddha’s footprint, and the happiness life in believe of Buddhism. On the other hand, the outside of the sanctuary’s walls are symbols of National Institute, Religion, and Royal Family, 4 Lotuses indicating 4 types of human recognition, Personification, King of Naga, ASEAN countries, World’s famous cities, the King’s literary work; Mahajanaka Jataka, Srithandon, and 12 Zodiac Signs. These stories are shown for the stronger believes in Buddhism. The Silver sanctuary has been established since B.E. 2547 for the first time by group of Lanna craftsman using the local wisdom (Silver Crafts) for the decoration; taken for more than 12 years to be completed, with the donation from all believers as total amount of 35,152,314 Thai Baht (Thirty Five Million One Hundred and Fifty Two Thousand Three Hundred and Fourteen). Finally, the construction of World’s First Silver Sanctuary has been completed and ready for all religious services. It is also be the conservation of Wua Lai Community’s wisdom (Silver Handicraft) as a learning center, as religious teaching method, Life’s navigation for all visitors. The most importantly, we have been completed the determination for this sanctuary to become a National Memorial for Thai people and to praise our His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej (9th monarch of the Chakri Dynasty). Wat Sri Suphan would like to invite all believers and visitors to our opening ceremony of World’s First Silver Sanctuary and the celebration of 720th Year Anniversary of Nophaburi Sri Nakhonping during 28 March – 3 April 2016.
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Mike W
118 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Had heard about this temple in a vlog before we arrived in the area so decided to have a look- it's not that well known so it can be a little difficult to find. The temple was renovated by local silver craftsmen from 2008-16 so it does feel like a new temple and it is very different to every other temple around. There is an entry cost of 50 baht and women are not allowed to enter the main hall but you can see from looking through the entry what is inside as it is a small temple. Overall, an interesting visit to see something unique but probably not my favourite temple because of its differences.
Written January 13, 2020
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PaulandSu
Hua Hin, Thailand645 contributions
Jan 2022
The Silver Sanctuary was built and decorated by silver craftsmen of Wua Lai Community .The sanctuary is decorated with the pure silver on the most important and parts. Aluminium was used for the decoration of the rest of the sanctuary areas, instead of using pure silver for the whole building. Its a great place to visit and very impressive both inside and out. a few silversmith shops surround the perimeter selling various items.
Written April 11, 2022
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CKF
CT2,111 contributions
Jan 2020
Even though women were not allowed inside the Silver Temple, this is one of my favorites! This work of art is covered in silver, nickel and aluminium panels. The perimeter is covered in medallions carved to honor major world cities. Bonus: you can see silversmiths working on-site.

Make the effort to visit this wat. Early morning is very peaceful. Enjoy! It's a treasure!
Written January 21, 2020
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Thanh H
Anaheim, CA101 contributions
Mar 2020
Area surrounding of this silver temple are silversmiths, they were there for generations.
Stunning works of silver decorated and covered all over the temple. A must visit place when you are in Chiang Mai, not only for religion purpose but admiring the skills of people who created all their creative works for this place.
The Silver temple is not too far from Wulai road (Saturday night walking street), closed to Chiang Mai gate (Pratu Chiang Mai). Just a walking distance.
Written March 19, 2020
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Bangoe
174 contributions
Nov 2021
In some ways this is an amazing temple with all its stainless steel(?) decorations. Unfortunately, it was mostly under renovation when we visited.

What attracted us to visit was that there were supposed to be many active silversmiths working in the area. During theses COVID19 times there were none to be seen, but also people we talked to around the temple told us that even in normal times there not many, if any, silversmith left.
Written April 29, 2022
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Alanera88
Tempe, AZ52 contributions
Jan 2020
So women can’t enter, but they don’t tell you that before you pay. The most absurd part is that women aren’t allowed because of historical tradition but on the back side of the temple are engravings of marvel superheroes on the facade. So Thor and Spider-Man are literally carved onto a temple so sacred women aren’t allowed to enter.
Written January 2, 2020
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Allan152
Monterey167 contributions
Jan 2020
This temple is outside the old town, but make a special effort to see it. The temple is covered in silver and the artwork is superb. Not that the temple is an active ordination hall, and women are, therefore, not allowed inside. But you can see much of it through the door.
Written February 1, 2020
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Ulf S
5 contributions
For a fee of 150 baht you can receive a lesson from one of the english speaking monks. One of the most impressnng experiences i made in thailand, absolutely worth it. Whole thing was about 2 hours talk and 2 hours meditation class with 10 other participants
Written March 27, 2015
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leanne5081
Gold Coast, Australia157 contributions
Mar 2015 • Couples
Hired a push bike and travelled to this temple, took us ages and rode through very busy streets to see this temple and found when we got their women are not allowed in it. We were told by a man to go check this one out its a must see but he forgot to mention we werent allowed in
Written April 19, 2015
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Vincent M
New Orleans, LA2,213 contributions
Mar 2015 • Solo
I've heard it's possible to get Watted out in Chiang Mai. With over 300 Wats it's understandable that even Buddhist monks on pilgrimage may begin to have their eyes glaze over and mind go numb by 3pm on the fourth day of seeing Wat after Wat after Wat after Wat. When you can't remember how many you've seen and can no longer tell one from the next, it's high time you broke the mold and did something totally different! Go to Wat Sri Suphan!

"What the heck's different about that?". you may ask, and well may you ask. A great deal actually, not only in what the Wat looks like, but in what you do there, where it's located, and what you do in the surrounding neighborhood. There are two rather bad bits, which I'll clue you to below, but you want to go despite both of them.

This Wat is in the middle of a neighborhood dedicated to the cottage industry of silversmithing. It's sort of like Monk's Bowl Village in Bangkok, but while the MB Village features different crafts on different sois, here it's all silver all the time (well, almost: there's some carving of jade and other hard stone, but that's a decided minority of the shops).

If you're walking from Chiang Mai Gate, and head down Wua Lai Road, you'll encounter a number of shops displaying hand-crafted silver articles for sale. Stop and spend some time to admire them now, because once you see Wat Sri Suphan, it'll make the combined merchandise of every one of those silver shops look like chicken feed.

As you continue down Wia Lai, you'll see a gate over a lane that angles off to the right, with a big sign. You won't actually be able to read the sign unless you can read Thai, but it's in SILVER--real silver--which pretty much tells you that's the way you want to go. In a short distance, the road ends at a T-intersection. That's the Wat.

There are a number of edifices and shrines, and a number of the shrines incorporate canopies or other ornate items made of pure silver. But what will immediately catch your eye is a spectacular solid silver edifice. Some reviewers refer to it as a Wat, and it's certainly the heart and soul of the Wat complex, but technically it's a Ubosotha. OK, this brings us to the two unfortunate issues:

1. The less serious one is that they're in the middle of a major restoration and improvement of the Ubosotha. Those of you who are fortunate enough to have a complete set of silver flatware but not fortunate enough to have a butler to polish it for you, may have already asked the obvious question: a solid silver building exposed to the elements in the tropics: how the heck do they keep it polished? By all rights, we should all be betting on the silver oxide to win easily. But no, indeed, the Ubosotha is rust-free. They are doing a lot of work, and you'll see lots of evidence that this is currently a construction site, but it's still fabulous and you can still go in. Well, some of you can. That's the second tricky bit.

2. Back more than 500 years ago when the holy men picked this site, they buried a number of powerful and positive spells and amulets first, and then built the Ubosotha on top of them. So this is spiritually an incredibly powerful place, a place of great choke dii, good fortune. However, if a woman were to enter the Ubosotha, this would of course damage and reduce the spirituality of the place. Not to mention being an incredibly bad thing for her: at the very least, she would lose a huge amount of merit. So before you guys think of taking your charming wife or beautiful fiancée to Wat Sri Suphan, you're going to have to forewarn her that while YOU can go inside the solid silver temple, SHE cannot. Actually this conversation should go trippingly for you, provided your wife, girlfriend, mother or sister fulfills BOTH of two conditions: (a) she wholeheartedly agrees that males have an inalienable right to establish places that women cannot enter, and (b) she doesn't particularly like shiny precious metals and would be bored to death inside of a solid silver temple anyway. Good luck, lads! But on a SERIOUS note, I am appalled by the horrific behavior of foreign tourists visiting religious sites in Asia. They either haven't bothered to learn proper behavior or they could care less how many Thais (or Sikhs or Tibetans or Javanese) they offend. Whether you agree with this particular belief or not, you are a guest in Thailand and should behave accordingly.

One last important tip: the Wat has workshops where skilled craftsmen, and CRAFTSWOMEN, are creating wonderful, incredible silver treasures. Do be sure to walk round to the workshops and see the tremendous skill and painstaking labor that these silversmiths put into their work. But don't disturb them as they're hammering! I am adding photos of the silversmiths and some of the more jaw-dropping silver panels that they've created over the centuries.
Written March 13, 2015
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