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Wat Phra Singh with Wiharn Lai Kham on the left, the Chedi in the center and Viharn Lai Kham on the right.  <img src='http://www.guidegecko.com/images/spyglass1.png' align='texttop' /> Click for full image
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Wat Phra Singh

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Wat Phra Singh is Probably Chiang Mai's best-known temple.

It houses the Phra Singh image and was completed between 1385 and 1400.

Of most historical interest is the Wihaan Lai Kham in the back, featuring Lanna-style temple murals and intricate gold patterns on red lacquer behind the altar.

The large chedi was built in 1345 by King Pha Yu to house the remains of his father King Kam Fu. A typical scripture repository is located at this temple as well. These repositories were designed to keep and protect the delicate sa or mulberry paper sheets used by monks and scribes to keep records and write down folklore.

The high stucco-covered stone base of the repository protected the delicate scriptures from the rain, floods and pests.

The walls of the chapel are covered with murals illustrating Lanna customs, dress, and scenes from daily life.

The lovely Lai Kam chapel houses the revered Phra Singh Buddha image. Sadly, the head was stolen in 1922, and a reproduction is now seen.

Type of place: Monument/Building
Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Street address: Corner of Singharaj Rd and Rajdamnern Rd (Inside old city walls)

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