We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Busy and overcrowded temple” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Wat Phra Singh

Wat Phra Singh
Book In Advance
$26*
and up
Private Tour: Chiang Mai Arts and Cultural Center with Trishaw Ride and Wat...
Ranked #8 of 233 things to do in Chiang Mai
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: This temple was built in 1345 under King Phayu, the fifth king of the Mangrai dynasty.
Netherlands
Level Contributor
52 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Busy and overcrowded temple”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

I always feel temples should give of a vibe of serenity. This is exactly what I believe Wat Phra Singh is lacking, like many other temples inside the moat area of Chiang Mai. It's just too busy and overloaded with tourists walking about. Furthermore, yes, the architecture looks impressive. Although a tiny bit tacky, if you could use this word for a temple.

Visited February 2013
Helpful?
2 Thank Bo2Netherlands
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

1,383 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    658
    574
    134
    6
    11
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Thai first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Level Contributor
110 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Maybe Skip This One...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

unless you have to see every wat in Chiang Mai. We were quite disappointed after having just visited Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, and nearby Wat Lok Molee and Wat Rajamontean Sripoom. All three of these are far more interesting from an architectural point of view. You of course have to go to Doi Suthep but when you're walking around Chiang Mai, make some time to visit the other two wats above (especially Wat Lok Molee).

Visited February 2013
Helpful?
1 Thank DrBonesSF
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Singapore, Singapore
Level Contributor
17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Great history”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

I prefer to worship in smaller, quieter temple. Didn't go in main temple building.
Walk around compound to find few older buildings with great historical architecture. Top half of building is wood while bottom half is bricks. Inside of the building is impressive too with wax figure of famous monks. Very lifelike and frightened me initially when I see so many old monks staring at me while I enter.
There's also a figure of the King that founded and developed Chiang Mai

Visited January 2013
Helpful?
Thank Caryngsy
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Kensington, Maryland
Level Contributor
127 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Wat?”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

It's a neat place with many vendors set-up so you can buy food and gifts. I found some neat art there. But it's a wat.... we're not religious people so it's pretty to look at and that's about it. The monks kind of creeped me out a little. It doesn't seem to be very strict on their rules for clothing while visiting. I accidentally wore a sleeveless top the day we went and no one asked me to cover up when I went in the buildings. I still felt uncomfortable though. It's only OK. You should totally visit one while you are in Thailand and I guess this one is OK....although I don't have anything else to compare it to since we only visited this one.

Visited December 2012
Helpful?
Thank Sara W
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Nottingham
Level Contributor
117 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“One of the best”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

There ar a lot of wats in Chaing Mai but this is one of the prettiest (and most visited therefore). Try 7am for the place to yourself.

Visited January 2013
Helpful?
Thank beachbabyNottingham
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Wat Phra Singh also viewed

 
Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai Province
Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai Province
 

Been to Wat Phra Singh? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing