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“Stunning. Must do the Monk chat”
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Wat Sri Suphan
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2-Hour Sunrise Buddhist Temple Visit in Chiang Mai
Ranked #12 of 249 things to do in Chiang Mai
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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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“Stunning. Must do the Monk chat”
Reviewed November 7, 2012

The silver temple is open at night (most are not). After visiting the weekend walking market, follow it to its end at the Silver temple. On Select week nights they also have a monk chat which was such an eye opening and unique experience. I highly recommend doing it - you will never experience anything like it.

Visited November 2012
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“Beautiful watt”
Reviewed October 7, 2012 via mobile

Way Sri Suphan is a pretty and less crowded watt. Especially the silver chapel is very nice. Although this chapel can only by entered by men.

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“Silver splendour”
Reviewed September 25, 2012

The are many temples in Chiangmai and Thailand. But what sparked my interest to visit this temple was this temple had built the world's first silver ordination hall. And that within the temple grounds is the silver craft village to preserve the tradition and skills and to continue the completion of the Ubosot. We were not disappointed even though it was a rainy day when we arrived. The main prayer hall is adorned w silver templates that depicts the story of Buddha and Buddhist tales. The silver ordination hall or Ubosot is under construction and ladies are not allowed in so to get a peek in that hall, you need a male friend to go in and take some photo shots for you. The roofs and walls of the Ubosot sparkles and the intricate details will awe you. There is the ubiquitous shop for you to browse. Monk chats are available should you wish to chat w the monk or ask questions. On the left of the main prayer hall is the small silver craft village where you will see the designs being etched out using traditional hammer and nail over a mould plate. A must see in Chiangmai.

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“Unbelievable silver temple - only one in Thailand”
Reviewed August 8, 2012

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.

Visited May 2012
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