1. What is the local history?
The Phra Singh (also known as wat phra singh woramahaviharn), or Lion Buddha, is enshrined at this temple. The statue came from Sri Lanka and the temple was built around it in 1367. The Wat was also established to store the ashes of King Pha Yu’s father.
2. Are there any relevant myths or folklore about a location?
It is odd that this depiction of the Buddha is said to come from Sri Lanka, as it is not prevalent in the country.
3. What is the physical description of the location (and photos)?
There are two assembly halls that have both been renovated back to splendor in the recent centuries. This temple is also a monastery, so there are monks who live and work on site, as well as a monastic library that can be visited.
4. How many hours does it take to fully explore the location?
As there are multiple buildings to explore at this shrine, it will take 4-5 hours to thoroughly view all sites.
5. What is the best way to get there? / Is there public transportation?
The temple is in the old city of Chiang Mai, where rot daangs can easily transport.
6. How far is from the city center/airport?
7. Wat Phra Singh Chiang Mai Open Hours & Dates
It is open every day from 5am – 8:30pm. It is free to enter, however, the Viharn Lai Kham, which houses the Lion Buddha, is 50 Baht.
8. Do you need a guide to visit?
There is no need for a guide.
9. Is this location family friendly?
10. How much exercise is expected/required (for both walking and climbing stairs)?
There is not a lot of exercise involved besides walking around the grounds.
11. What are the food and drink options there? (Will there be vegan or vegetarian food?
12. What should I pack – any recommendations? (Include recommended clothing, such as no shorts or short-sleeved shirts)
13. Contact Details (phone number, address, email, location/GPS, google map)
Tambon Si Phum
Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai
Chang Wat Chiang Mai
14. Wat Phra Singh Chiang Rai?
Confused? Yes there is another Wat Phra Singh in Chiang Rai. But Chiang Rai is 200 km (3 h 13 min)