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  • Address: Wat Phra Singh Woramahavihan
  • Hours: 6am - 5pm

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Wat Phra Singh (Wat Phra Sing Waramahawihan)

If you only see one temple during your time in Chiang Mai, Wat Phra Singh (also known as Wat Phra Sing Waramahawihan) should be it. Set in the heart of the old city, the temple was founded in 1345 and is home to Chiang Mai’s most sacred relic – the Phra Singh (Lion Buddha image).

The temple consists of many buildings, but the most spectacular is the golden wihan that houses the Phra Singh. Look for classic Lanna architectural features like the three-tiered roof, white chedi with an octagonal base, and lion statues guarding the entrance. It is possible to go inside to see the Buddha statue, just remember to remove your shoes first.

Wat Phra Singh is an active temple and lucky visitors may see chanting monks or a blessing ceremony. Many novice monks study here and are happy to practice their English by sitting and chatting with tourists in the temple gardens.

Practical Info

Wat Phra Singh is located inside Chiang Mai’s old city walls at the end of Ratchadamnoen Road. The temple is open to the public from sunrise to sunset. There is no admission fee, but there are donation boxes where you can make a contribution to the temple’s upkeep. Remember to dress respectfully when visiting any Buddhist temple.

The suggested donation is 20B

Tours & Tickets

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Chiang Mai: Mae Ping River Cruise Flower Market and Temples Tour

Enjoy a boat ride along the Ping River with a stop at a Thai farmer's house for refreshments. Check out the local flower market, then visit the temple of Wat ...  Read more

Location: Mueang Chiang Mai District, Thailand
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $88.87

Private Tour: Chiang Mai Arts and Cultural Center with Trishaw Ride and Wat Phra Singh

Delve into the royal and cultural history of northern Thailand on this private half-day tour. Start at Wat Phra Singh (Temple of the Lion Buddha), considered ...  Read more

Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $25.18

Private Tour: City and Temples of Chiang Mai

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This Private Tour explores the the most interesting temples in the city of Chiang Mai such as Wat Phra Singh with its Famous Buddha image, Wat Chedi Luang, Wat ...  Read more

Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $36.40

5-Day Golden Triangle Tour

Explore the Golden Triangle and travel from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Chiang Saen, Doi Mae Salong, Mae Sai and Thatorn.

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $761.75

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