Wat Phra Singh
With the exception of the elaborately sculpted front gate – which will likely catch your attention and draw you inside – the unassuming façade of Wat Phra Singh belies a fascinating world of Lanna art and a history dating back to the 14th Century.
The main viharn (chapel) was used to enshrine the sacred Phra Singh Buddha image, until it relocated to Chiang Mai and was replaced by an exact replica.
Upon taking a closer look, you will see that the viharn itself is adorned with intricate hand-carved details, gilded fretworks, mirror decorations and sculptures of mythical animals. Before stepping inside, have a look at the viharn’s front door. Designed by successful Lanna artist Tawan Duchanee, it tells the story of the four elements – wind, fire, water, earth – through four mythical creatures: the Garuda, lion (singh), naga serpent and elephant.
Location: Singha Klai Road, near Overbrook Hospital, four blocks north of the Clock Tower
How to get there: Hire a songtaew or rent a motorcycle
Mueang Chiang Mai District
Chiang Mai 50280