Wat Phra Singh
Wat Phra Singh
4.5
6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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This temple was built in 1345 under King Phayu, the fifth king of the Mangrai dynasty.
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  • jwhartmann
    Zoetermeer, The Netherlands343 contributions
    Beautifully decorated temple
    Wat Phra Singh is a stunning temple located in the heart of Chiang Mai's old city. The temple is home to several impressive structures, including a beautifully decorated ordination hall, several smaller chedis, and a stunning gold-plated pagoda. One of the highlights of Wat Phra Singh is the ornate and intricate details that adorn many of the temple's buildings and structures. These details include intricate carvings, gilded decorations, and colorful murals that depict Buddhist stories and teachings. The temple's serene and peaceful atmosphere provides a perfect place for quiet reflection and meditation, and visitors can often hear the soft chanting of monks as they go about their daily routines. Overall, Wat Phra Singh is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in Thai temple architecture and culture. The temple's stunning beauty and peaceful ambiance make it a perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and immerse oneself in Thailand's rich spiritual heritage.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 2, 2023
  • Alex H
    Port St. Mary, United Kingdom1,313 contributions
    Free entry
    Biggest and probably most spectacular temple in Chiang Mai city. Entry is free and you can stay and walk around as long as you want. Adequate parking for motorbikes too for free. Definitely recommend for a quick 30 min trip.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 18, 2023
  • L N
    Bristol, United Kingdom337 contributions
    Beautiful temple, a special destination for those born in the year of the dragon!
    I can’t really remember most of the temples we visited in Chiang Mai (the heat and humidity was overwhelming), but this was my favourite, being specially dedicated to those born in the year of the dragon, as both the guide and I were. All those under that sign must visit, according to her! The wall murals were also special.
    Visited April 2023
    Written May 13, 2023
  • Linda K
    Wales, United Kingdom626 contributions
    Beautiful golden stupa
    This is a large busy site with market stalls and plenty of tourists. Entry is free. There are a number of temples and a glorious, large golden stupa. There’s also a golden reclining Buddha. Lots of temples, a beautiful site and one worth visiting.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 13, 2023
  • Paul E
    10 contributions
    Beautiful and Amazing
    This is a fantastic temple and a must see in the city. There are many small temples in the grounds. I am constantly surprised at the excellant condition of the Thai temples, given the rainy season and constant hot weather
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 27, 2023
  • Leonhkny
    Hong Kong, China14,428 contributions
    Major religious site in Chiang Mai
    Wat Phra Singh is perhaps the largest Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai. The huge, encompassing main temple adds another layer of religiosity to the northern Thai city. The equally sizable golden stupa is another highlight. Popular among both locals and tourists, it is representative of the Lanna culture.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 23, 2023
  • Food Paradise Network
    Bali, Indonesia9 contributions
    Gold Temple in Chiang Mai
    Overall rating: 7/10 ⭐️ Best time to visit: Late afternoon, at 4-5pm Best to reach by: GRAB or walk if you are just close by What to expect: Cultural experience to a religious temple with gold architecture. Not a big temple but worth a stop by. Comments: Beautiful temple in the heart of Chiang Mai. It's nice to stop by for a while. Best to come by GRAB, because it's still in the heart of the city, and not that expensive (cheaper than if you ride the tuktuk). They have really impressive gold architecture. We recommend coming late in the afternoon for good views (because it's not hot), and you can also see some locals praying, providing a cultural experience.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 5, 2023
  • singhasam
    Weymouth, United Kingdom3,725 contributions
    One of Chiang Mai's finest temples.
    EVERY time I come to Chiang Mai I always visit Wat Phra Singh because the temple is such a striking place to come to. Work to build it began nearly seven centuries ago and construction or renovation has ebbed and flowed ever since. I particularly like the golden elephants half emerging on each side of the main chedi. Take the time just to sit down on one side and enjoy the site for the visual pleasure it gives. Wat Phra Singh can be easily reached since it is roughly in the centre of the Old City and every tuktuk or taxi driver knows it. Should not cost more than 100 baht (about £2.40) to get there.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 28, 2023
  • Dan K
    The Hague, The Netherlands7,389 contributions
    Second most impressive temple in the Old Town
    I’d say second most impressive temple in Chiang Mai’s Old Town after watChedi Luang. Built in 1345, it’s still in use today. There was a ceremony in the Wigan, which was also in the process of being refurbished.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 19, 2023
  • 253SA
    Singapore, Singapore3,049 contributions
    Elegant and grand temple
    If for some reason, you have only time to visit one temple in Chiang Mai, then Wat Phra Singh, located in the western part of the old city centre, must be THAT temple. The grandeur and beauty of this place of worship can be seen well before you even enter its hallowed grounds. From afar, you can spot the golden stupas and beautiful rooftops. This is an important temple, judging by the endless lines of visitors because the premises is housing a sacred Buddha statue. Hence, it's important to dress properly, ie , no tank tops or short-shorts. And after you have paid your respect, tt's also a marketplace where vendors set up shop to sell their various wares.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written January 6, 2024
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nyusz44
London, UK103 contributions
Mar 2020
The entrance fee was 40 bahts but it is really worth to visit. We have 'only' seen it during the day. The golden chedi was so beautiful! There is a reclining buddha in one of the buildings - obviously not as big as the one in Bangkok but it is worth to see it.
The main building was under reconstruction but still, there is plenty to see and wander around.
Written April 2, 2020
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Xin Ru T
Singapore, Singapore1,317 contributions
Jan 2020
This was a nice wat to drop by as part of a walking tour around the Old City. (I would recommend having a meal at the nearby It's Good Kitchen for Thai food or Goodsouls Kitchen for vegan food.) Part of the wat was undergoing construction work when I visited on 1 Jan 2020. I personally felt that the golden chedi in Doi Suthep Wat Phrathat was more impressive. 
Written January 14, 2020
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Myra Brian
Las Vegas, NV18 contributions
Dec 2019
Wasn't as "special" or different as I had imagined, but is still very nice. Plenty of tourists in the main area, but quite quiet just a few meters away around the compound, with some nice seats in the shade at the back. The entrance was a bit chaotic with cars coming in and out. They charged s small entry fee. Courtyard had s small market of food and clothing articles. I most enjoyed the old black and white photos of Chiang Mai (1920-1950) hanging inside.
Written January 3, 2020
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Kari Q 🇨🇦
Picton, Canada846 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
The most beautiful temple I've seen. If you're there at 6PM you can watch and hear the monks chant. Spectacular views of Chiang Mai can be seen, unfortunately it wasn't very clear on the day we visited. I highly recommend a visit.
Written January 5, 2020
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Relax788170
7 contributions
Jan 2020
Another stunning temple in Chiang Mai, still cannot get over the fact there are so many, yet all different. They have brilliant carvings, decorations and you can feel the peace and harmony from the buildings. Definitely made with love
Written February 4, 2020
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David P
Auckland, New Zealand14 contributions
Jan 2020
Quite exceptional Wat in the heart of Chiang mai. The elephant sculpure alone is well worth stopping in to see.The temple interior is excellent, although if I'm not mistaken it cannot be entered by women, although the adjacent one can.
Written January 27, 2020
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Magellanic47
Bangkok, Thailand1,049 contributions
Oct 2020 • Solo
Unexpected.. Thats for sure.. Despite other photos that i have seen about this Wat.. Nothing prepares you for the sight of such a large edifice covered in gold. Shiny.. Active worshipers flowing through and curious tourists all intermingle with gentle hints of insence wafting past and an airplane taking off.. (the airport is about 6km away).. I would make this a must see if you do find yourself in Chiang Mai in the near future.
Written October 26, 2020
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ditchthislife
Regina, Canada1,531 contributions
Feb 2020
You can see why they call it the Gold Temple. The structures are beautiful and ornate. In one of the temples there are 10 sitting Buddhist monks. It took me a minute to realize that they were not real. They are so life-like. The detail in the statues is incredible.

It was Makha Bucha Day the day I went to visit which is an important Buddhist festival. There were many devotees praying and chanting with the monks. It was very interesting to see.

Note that, like all Wats you need to be covered so if you are in shorts, bring a sarong. There is a $40 THB entry fee.
Written February 9, 2020
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Ivan A
Bangkok, Thailand67 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
A beautiful place up in the mountain where you can see the whole Chiang Mai. A good place for meditation. Unlike other tourist places th places believes in giving rather than taking. They provide free fruits. Also you can stay for few weeks for meditation and you don't need to pay for food and the accommodation. A good place for people who would like to live a life of purity.
Written March 11, 2020
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253SA
Singapore, Singapore3,049 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
If for some reason, you have only time to visit one temple in Chiang Mai, then Wat Phra Singh, located in the western part of the old city centre, must be THAT temple. The grandeur and beauty of this place of worship can be seen well before you even enter its hallowed grounds. From afar, you can spot the golden stupas and beautiful rooftops. This is an important temple, judging by the endless lines of visitors because the premises is housing a sacred Buddha statue. Hence, it's important to dress properly, ie , no tank tops or short-shorts. And after you have paid your respect, tt's also a marketplace where vendors set up shop to sell their various wares.
Written January 7, 2024
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