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Wat Phra Singh

Wat Phra Singh วัดพระสิงห์, 와트 프라 싱, ワット・プラ・シン, Ват Пхра Сингх

Map-pin-grey Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Summary:
Wat Phra Singh (full name: Wat Phra Singh Woramahaviharn
is a Buddhist temple (Thai language: Wat) in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand. King Ananda Mahidol (Rama VIII), the older brother of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX), bestowed on it the status of Royal temple of the first grade in 1935

Wat Phra Singh is located in the western part of the old city centre of Chiang Mai, which is contained within the city walls and moat. The main entrance is guarded by Singhs (lions). Wat Pra Singh is situated at the end of the main street (Rachadamnoen road) of Chiang Mai. The road runs east from the temple, via Tapae Gate, to the Ping River.
Phra Singh is an abbreviated form of Phra-Put-Tha-Shi-Hing and does not refer to the word Singh ("lion").
The temple houses an important Buddha statue: the Phra Buddha Sihing which gives the temple its name. The origins of this statue are unknown but, according to legend, it was based on the lion of Shakya, a statue since lost which used to be housed in the Mahabodhi Temple of Bodh Gaya (India). The Phra Buddha Sihing statue is supposed to have been brought, via Ceylon (present day Sri Lanka), to Ligor (present day Nakhon Si Thammarat) and, from there, via Ayutthaya, to Chiang Mai.
There are two more Buddha statues in Thailand which are claimed to be the Phra Buddha Sihing: one is housed in Wat Mahathat in the city of Nakhon Si Thammarat and another in the Bangkok National Museum.
It is alleged that the head of the statue had been stolen in 1922. The possibility remains that the present statue (or maybe only the head) is a copy.
Every year, during the Songkran festival, the statue is taken from wihan Lai Kham and carried through the streets of Chiang Mai in a religious procession during which the spectators honour the statue by sprinkling water over it.
Construction on Wat Phra Singh began in 1345 when King Phayu, the fifth king of the Mangrai dynasty, had a chedi built to house the ashes of his father King Kham Fu. A wihan and several other buildings were added a few years later and the resulting complex was named Wat Lichiang Phra. When, in 1367, the statue of Phra Buddha Singh was brought to the temple, the temple complex received its present name. During restoration works in 1925, three funerary urns were discovered inside a small chedi. It was assumed that these contained royal ashes. The urns have since been lost. From 1578 to 1774 the Burmese ruled Lanna and in this period the temple was abandoned and came under serious disrepair. It was only when King Kawila assumed the throne as King of Chiang Mai in 1782, that the temple was restored. King Kawila had the ubosot built and the chedi enlarged. Later successors restored the Wihan Lai Kham and the elegant Ho Trai (temple library).
The whole temple complex underwent extensive renovations under the famous monk Khru Ba Srivichai during the 1920s. Many of the buildings were again restored in 2002.


Schedule:
-Start the trip at the appointment point.
-Arrival At Wat Phra Singh.
-Get You Back To The Meeting Point.
-The total trip time is about 1 hours.

Availability:
Everyday

Meeting Point:
Hotel Or Meeting Point Around The City

Price Includes:
Private Transportation

Price Doesn't Include:
Expend, Food & Drink, Ticket, Fee


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Price
: US$19 / Person
Place
: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Duration
: 1 hour

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-I work as local tour guide at my own company Inspire Nung Tour And Transport is a Tour and Transport service based corporate in Chiang Mai. We have more than 50 programs of the tour from Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lamphun, Lampang, Mae Hong Son, and around north of Thailand as your customized.

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- My city has a distinctive culture, full of art and true eastern life. Our culture is very famous as the city of creative arts and folk art of UNESCO, which was announced on October 31, 2017. We have 1,314 temples and are 6,250 monks in Chiang Mai. We have natural attractions and wildlife, including many interesting attractions. An local culture is another interesting thing, we have a number of tourist attractions and a lot of handicrafts place. Another name must be foods that are spectacular.

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-My great trip is calm. I do not like sharing tours because everything is busy and not private. So I designed my tour private that all visitors can absorb the beauty of sight and mind. I do not like talking much LOL. I know that most every tourist is studied the places that they are interested in before coming. Some people believe more books than the tour guide LOL. So I like to give you the basics and let you meet with your own eyes.

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