Wat Phra Singh (full name Wat Phra Singh Woramahaviharn) 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, which is guarded by Singhs (lions), 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.
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.
There are many different buildings within the temple complex. There’s Ho Trai the temple scripture library, where ancient Buddhist writings are kept and Wihan Lai Kham with it’s impressive murals.
I have to admit I didn’t take very much notice of which building was which during this visit and I am not totally sure what the pictures above are of!! (apologies travel purists – but I did warn you I can be a trifle slapdash on occasion!)
Ornate Nagas slither over the temple while gilded decoration and jewel bright colours cover every inch. Here’s some details of the beautiful artwork and window detailing.
The white chedi Phrathatluang – each side of the square base of the main chedi of the complex features the front half of an elephant emerging from it