Saturday, 19 June 2010

Chiangmai Holy 9 Temple 5th Stop~~Wat Phra Singh

Wat Phra Singh is located within the city walls, dates from 1345 and offers an example of classic northern Thai style architecture. It houses the Phra Singh Buddha, a highly venerated figure brought here many years ago from Chiang Rai. Visitors can also take part in meditation classes here.

This venerable temple, located at the end of Ratchadamnoen Road, is perhaps the most venerated in Chiang Mai, behind Doi Suthep. While the dusty parking lot and hordes of taxi drivers may be discouraging at first, this temple is certainly worth a look.
Although the main hall of the temple dates back to 1512 and is quite beautiful, the real attraction of this temple is the smaller Lai Kam worship hall behind it. This small building is a wonderful example Lanna (northern) architecture, especially the signature roof design, which is meant to represent a bird's wings.

The interior artwork has recently been restored, allowing visitors an excellent view into the lives of Chiang Mai's people hundreds of years ago. Housed within the Lai Kam is the Phra Singh Buddha image, considered the most sacred of Chiang Mai's Buddhas, which was brought to Thailand from Sri Lanka in the 1300s.

Open: daily, 06.00 to 17.00
Admission: free

帕辛寺(Wat Phra Singh)。帕辛寺是清迈城里最高等级的一间寺庙,也是清迈历史最优久的佛寺之一,由明莱王朝的帕邀王于1345年兴建寺院,具有悠久的历史。帕辛寺是清迈最美的木结构建筑:大门用复杂的木雕装饰,工艺精湛。神殿建筑美轮美奂的雕刻艺术,细腻精致,华丽辉煌,令游客赞叹不已,因此终年香火鼎盛,游客络绎不绝。据说寺院是模仿清迈的普拉新寺院而建的。寺院内供奉着 Phra Singh的佛像,院内殿堂里的壁画以当地古代服饰和风俗为内容,被认为是泰国北部传统艺术的代表作。

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