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Published November 10th 2012
Beautiful Wat in the old City of Chiang Mai
One of the largest temples in the old city Wat Phra Singh, situated at the beginning of Samlann Road and at the end of Ratchadamoen Road
Aside from the main temple and secondary chapel there is the white Kulai or Five tiered roof stupa located in the rear near the large Chedi.
The Phrabuddhasihing statue of Buddha in bronze is from the Chiangsaen period and shows him sitting in crosslegged position with the right hand on the right knee and left in his lap. It is considered an important image and is brought out during the yearly Songkran festival for the people to sprinkle water upon as it makes a procession around the city.
There are also several of the slightly bizarre waxworks of famous monks on display here that seem so popular in Thailand. They are there to show appreciation for great practitioners and I guess as inspiration that through Buddhist spiritual work you too can attain a degree of enlightenment.
There are numerous buildings that make up the site and are set amongst beautiful and serene leafy gardens. There is a school attached and also monks quarters. I wandered past and spotted a few monks on the bleachers watching an impromptu game of basketball.