Wat Phra Singh, full name: Wat Phra Singh Woramahawihan is a Buddhist temple complex in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Located in the old town, its main portal guarded by stone lions sits at the end of Chiang Mai’s main street, Ratcha Damnoen Road. It is one of the city’s most famous attractions, next to Wat Doi Suthep and Wat Chedi Luang.
Wat Phra Singh was built in the 14th century after it was commissioned by the former King Pha Yu. In the 18th century, the temple was abandoned due to the Burmese occupation of the city and abandoned to decay. In two major renovations Wat Phra Singh was brought back to its former glory: While from 1920 mainly minor defects were improved, the gold leaf decorations got a new coat of paint in 2002.
Of particular importance to the people of Chiang Mai is a unique Buddha statue: Phra Phutta Sihing has made an eventful journey, supposedly coming to Chiang Mai via India and Sri Lanka and becoming one of the city’s most important figures. Also known as The Lion’s Buddha Monastery or The Lion’s Buddha Temple, the temple is an active temple with hundreds of monks and novices living there.