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“One of Many Temples - Lots of Tourists” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Wat Phra Singh

Wat Phra Singh
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Owner description: This temple was built in 1345 under King Phayu, the fifth king of the Mangrai dynasty.
Adelaide, Australia
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“One of Many Temples - Lots of Tourists”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2014

This temple is lovely. But it is one of many and it was completely packed with tourists, tuk tuks, touts and even a small marketplace. I'd also note you are required to make a 'donation' to use the toilets. However, the toilets were very well kept and clean so I had no problem with that.

I enjoyed the original Wihan Luang (I think that is the name) more than the new building. We also had the chance to discuss Buddhism with a monk who I think may have been American (he was definitely western) and I found that quite interesting as we got the opportunity to learn more about Buddhism.

Overall I'd probably not rush to return simply because it feels like tourists have overtaken what is first and foremost an religious site. Overall I preferred the Wats off the beaten tourist path as they felt more authentic.

I say that knowing it sounds hypocritical as I am also a tourist. However, there were a number of examples of poor and disrespectful behaviour on display that was completely unnecessary. I also feel a lot of tourists (not all, just a lot) simply were visiting, taking the obligatory photographs and then leaving without taking in the whole complex. I do feel sorry for the Thai people who want to practice their religion at these sites.

Visited February 2014
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“Absolutely worth visiting.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2014

Going back some 700 years there is a long and interesting story abour this temple. A.o. the wars and struggle between Burma and Thailand. However this is a calm and restful place, were you feel comfortable. Lots of things to see. Wax figures of important monks and beautyful decorations.

Visited February 2014
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“you see one wat you see them all”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2014

if you want to experience quiet and solemn atmosphere, don't expect this place to be like that, unless it is non tourist season or you can go early in the morning of mid afternoon. It has a beautiful architecture like most Wats (temple) do, same same but different.

Visited November 2013
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“overrun with tourists”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2014

too many tourists, most arriving by coach, making it a rather chaotic place. Main image of interest is in small building behind main temple.. go left.

Visited February 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Another temple”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2014

Visited yesterday, lovely temple but perhaps as is with most, a bit too commercial. Paid to enter, which is fine by me as the money goes to the monks, very serene place, but do remember to respect the local customs and dress appropriately, pants or skirts below the knees, shoulders and arms covered and remove your shoes. So many tourist did not and its shameful.

Visited February 2014
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