So far I’ve visited Chiang Mai twice already and has since stayed in the historic and charming Old Town district of the city. This is where the heart and culture of Chiang Mai is embodied with its heritage temples, Lanna style houses, bustling markets, delicious food and charming boutique hotels. It’s a walking city so you could explore almost everything and anything comfortably by foot or you could rent a motorbike, ride a Tuk Tuk or mini-bus. Our hotel is just 5 mins aways from Wat Phra Singh, located on the western side of the old city and the end of the Rachadamnoen road in Muang district. It is a major Buddhist temple complex originally built in 1345 by King Phayu and has since gone several restorations and maintenance throughout times. Two of its most popular and stunning buildings are the Golden Pagoda and the main temple which enthrones the Golden Buddha statue. The temple gets its name from the Lions or Singh guarding the complex. The main temple is by the main road just behind a statue of the Golden Monk on a small round about rotunda. Just like other Thai temples courtesy is a must so modesty in clothing and removing of footwear is a must before you enter. I was very much impressed how simple yet classy this temple is. The stunning vibrant Red colour of the walls and ceilings together with the White columns add some uniqueness and elegance to this historic temple. The crystal chandelier on top added some more beauty and opulence to it. When we visited there were a few Temple patrons and tables were set-up and covered with Green and Yellow coverings. At the heart of the temple enthrones Phra Chao Thong Tip or the seating Buddha casted in 1477 and made of Copper and Gold and wrapped with Golden robe. Behind the Buddha is a Large Round Golden structure attached on the wall with Blue Rays similar to a Sun. Together with it are several other seating Golden Buddhas of different shapes and sizes. The photos of Thai King & Queen as well as Queen Mother are on the left of the main altar and another seating Golden Buddha to its right. I would say this is my favourite temple in Chiang Mai and if not whole of Thailand. Simple yet Classy, Elegant yet Humbling and most of all very historic and significant. There’s a couple of photos of King Bhumibol also on the temple walls signifying his patronage and support since its establishment as a Royal temple of first grade in 1935. As an active temple there are donation boxes and Monk blessings provided when you visit. The other wonderful masterpiece in this complex is the Golden Chedi or Phra That Luang Chedi also built in 1345 by the same King to enshrine his father’s ashes. I was totally impressed by the artistry, elegance and beauty of Lanna style architecture it is truly a work of art and masterpiece, The vibrant Golden colours shines around the complex indicating its powerful yet unassuming presence. Perfect for photos and just the feeling of looking at it immersing yourself at its glory and beauty, There is a main pagoda and a smaller on its right both made of Gold and both displays Lanna style curves and spires. This is for us one of the best Pagodas in Thailand next to Wat Arun. We didn’t go inside the other temples inside but we did walk around the complex and took a couple of memorable shots and videos. The temple also has a library, garden, toilet and parking area. It is very clean, orderly and well maintained. I will surely be back here whenever I get the chance to visit Chiang Mai and is always very memorable and special whenever I visit this amazing and historic place!!!!So far I’ve visited Chiang Mai twice already and has since stayed in the historic and charming Old Town district of the city. This is where the heart and culture of Chiang Mai is embodied with its heritage temples, Lanna style houses, bustling markets, delicious food and charming boutique hotels. It’s a walking city so you could explore almost everything and anything comfortably by foot or you could rent a motorbike, ride a Tuk Tuk or mini-bus. Our hotel is just 5 mins aways from Wat Phra Singh, located on the western side of the old city and the end of the Rachadamnoen road in Muang district. It is a major Buddhist temple complex originally built in 1345 by King Phayu and has since gone several restorations and maintenance throughout times. Two of it major and most stunning buildings are the Golden Pagoda and the main temple which houses the Golden Buddha statue. The temple gets its name from the Lions or Singh guarding the complex. The main temple is by the main road just behind a statue of the Golden Monk on a small round about rotunda. Just like other Thai temples courtesy is a must so modesty in clothing and removing of footwear is a must before you enter. I was very much impressed how simple yet classy this temple is. The stunning vibrant Red colour of the walls and ceilings together with the White columns add some uniqueness and elegance to this historic temple. The crystal chandelier on top added some more beauty and opulence to it. When we visited there were a few Temple patrons and tables were set-up and covered with Green and Yellow coverings. At the heart of the temple enthrones Phra Chao Thong Tip or the seating Buddha casted in 1477 and made of Copper and Gold and wrapped with Golden robe. Behind the Buddha is a Large Round Golden structure attached on the wall with Blue Rays similar to a Sun. Together with it are several other seating Golden Buddhas of different shapes and sizes. The photos of Thai King & Queen as well as Queen Mother are on the right of the main altar and another seating Golden Buddha to its left. I would say this is my favourite temple in Chiang Mai and if not whole of Thailand. Simple yet Classy, Elegant yet Humbling and most of all very historic and significant. There is a photo of King Bhumibol also on the temple walls signifying his patronage and support since its establishment as a Royal temple of first grade in 1935. As an active temple there are donation boxes and Monk blessings provided when you visit. The other wonderful masterpiece in this complex is the Golden Chedi or Phra That Luang Chedi also built in 1345 by the same King to enshrine his father’s ashes. I was totally impressed by the artistry, elegance and beauty of Lanna style architecture it is truly a work of art and masterpiece, The vibrant Golden colours shines around the complex indicating its powerful yet unassuming presence. Perfect for photos and just the feeling of looking at it immersing yourself at its glory and beauty, There is a main pagoda and a smaller on its right both made of Gold and both displays Lanna style curves and spires. This is for us one of the best Pagodas in Thailand next to Wat Arun. We didn’t go inside the other temples inside but we did walk around the complex and took a couple of memorable shots and videos. The temple also has a library, garden, toilet and parking area. It is very clean, orderly and well maintained. I will surely be back here whenever I get the chance to visit Chiang Mai and it will be again a very special and memorable visit once more on this glorious and historic place!!!!

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