Built in 1385, Wat Phra Singh is one of the oldest temples in Chiang Rai. The principal structures of this Lanna-style temple are the viharn, the ubosot, a chapel featuring the Buddha’s footprint and the living quarters of monks. Standing behind the viharn of Wat Phra Singh is the Sinhalese-style gold plated chedi. It features a spiral shaped top and a square base with shrines on its sides containing images of the Buddha. Phra Singh, one of Thailand’s much revered Buddha images, had been enshrined in this temple. This image in Bhumisparsha pose is believed to be of Sri Lankan origin. Wat Phra Singh temple also contains several replicas of the image including a purple jade, an ebony and a gold image.
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