Wat Phra Singh
Wat Phra Singh is the second most revered complex within the walled old city Chiang Mai. The complex is composed of three temples including, Wiham Lai Kam - the oldest, Wihan Luang, and Wat Phra Singh.
The complex also features two other smaller temples – Ubosot and Phrathatluang. This attraction is also known as “The Monastery of the Lion Buddha,” as its intricately designed lion statue stands out from the rest. As the temple’s popularity is felt across the globe, a lot of tourist and devotees visit the place every day. In the main entrance, there are shops that sell food, souvenirs, and clothing to the guests. Once you enter the monastery, Buddhist influences can be seen – their presence become more evident as you get closer to the temple proper. The temple is a majestic sight to behold – everything seems to gleam under the sun thanks to the gold details that can be seen all over the religious site.
Wat Phra Singh is located in Chiang Mai, inside the old city wall, on the western side of Ratchamadoen Road.
Opening Days and Hours
This temple is open from 6:00 to 17:00.
Entry Fee and Bookings
Entrance fee is around USD 75.
How to Get There
- Fly from Bangkok to Chiang Mai via Air Asia.
- From the city centre, board a taxi or a tuk-tuk to Wat Phra Singh.
- Solo travelers/backpackers
Time to Spend
Suggested duration in this attraction is one hour. However, you can linger a little more if you want to interact with the locals.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
The best time to visit this attraction is on the afternoon – not only will you be spared from the heat, the temple looks beautiful during sunset, too.
Fern Forest Cafe, Why Ribs and Rumps, Goodsouls Kitchen, Coffee Corner Kitchen, and Bird’s Nest Cafe are some of the dining options near Wat Phra Singh.
- Wat Chedi Luang
- Doi Suthep
- Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
Duangtawan Hotel, Furama, Dusit Princess, U Nimman and De Lanna Hotel are some of the accommodations to choose from while in Chiang Mai. Rates range from USD 30 to USD 80.