Photographer's Note

Wat Phra Singh (Temple of the Lion Buddha) is perhaps Chiang Mai’s most important temple. Founded in the 14th century, it lays claim as the main city temple & houses a few medieval Buddha statues. The temple is named for the Buddha image it housed in 1367, the Phra Singh (Lion Buddha), said to be a gift from the king of Sri Lanka.

Wat Phra Singh was built in 1345 by King Pha Yu for the ashes of his faher, King Kham Fu. This temple contains supreme examples of Lanna art.

Wat Phra Singh may have been the first monastery to house the Emerald Buddha, which is now enshrined in Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok. A copy of the famous statue (actually made of jadeite rather than emerald) can be seen in this wonderful Lanna style viharn. Note carefully & one can see 4 monks sitting in front of the Buddha image. Almost life like, these are actually wax statues of 4 venerated Buddhist can check close-up image of one of the monks here & the second monk here

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