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Wat Sri Suphan

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Address: 100 Wua Lai Road | Hai Ya Subdistrict, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand
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09:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 21:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

World’s First Silver Sanctuary

World’s First Silver Sanctuary, located at...

World’s First Silver Sanctuary

World’s First Silver Sanctuary, located at Wat Sri Suphan (Sri Suphan Temple), Chaingmai, Thailand. The Abbot of Sri Suphan Temple, Phrakru Phitak Suttikun (Suphon Suthasilo), Temple Committees, Devotees, and group of Lanna craftsman had been constructed the silver sanctuary by using the former base, former boundary stones and former principle Buddha image (Phra Jao Jed Tue, built in B.E. 2043.). The Silver Sanctuary was built and decorated by Silver Handicraftsmen (Lanna folk wisdom) of Wua Lai Community that has been descended from their ancestors. The sanctuary is decorated with the pure silver on the most crucial and safety parts. Aluminum was used for the decoration of the rest of the sanctuary areas, instead of using pure silver for the whole building. Inside the sanctuary, each carved wall consists of the stories of Lord Buddha, Buddhist Doctrine, History of Phra Jao Liab Lok and Phra Jao Prod Lok (Thai Buddha’s preaching stories), Buddha’s footprint, and the happiness life in believe of Buddhism. On the other hand, the outside of the sanctuary’s walls are symbols of National Institute, Religion, and Royal Family, 4 Lotuses indicating 4 types of human recognition, Personification, King of Naga, ASEAN countries, World’s famous cities, the King’s literary work; Mahajanaka Jataka, Srithandon, and 12 Zodiac Signs. These stories are shown for the stronger believes in Buddhism. The Silver sanctuary has been established since B.E. 2547 for the first time by group of Lanna craftsman using the local wisdom (Silver Crafts) for the decoration; taken for more than 12 years to be completed, with the donation from all believers as total amount of 35,152,314 Thai Baht (Thirty Five Million One Hundred and Fifty Two Thousand Three Hundred and Fourteen).

Finally, the construction of World’s First Silver Sanctuary has been completed and ready for all religious services. It is also be the conservation of Wua Lai Community’s wisdom (Silver Handicraft) as a learning center, as religious teaching method, Life’s navigation for all visitors. The most importantly, we have been completed the determination for this sanctuary to become a National Memorial for Thai people and to praise our His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej (9th monarch of the Chakri Dynasty). Wat Sri Suphan would like to invite all believers and visitors to our opening ceremony of World’s First Silver Sanctuary and the celebration of 720th Year Anniversary of Nophaburi Sri Nakhonping during 28 March – 3 April 2016.

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Easy to get to by Tuk Tuk who will wait for you if you want to take you back to the city.This temple is just beautiful., and the silver shines so much in the sunshine .Ladies can... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Easy to get to by Tuk Tuk who will wait for you if you want to take you back to the city.This temple is just beautiful., and the silver shines so much in the sunshine .Ladies can not go into the main temple but my husband says it is just as beautiful.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We only found out about this place from a guy who seemed like he was trying to scam us somehow. He was at another temple we walked by and started talking to us. He had a lot of information about the temple and told us to check out the Silver Temple. But he pointed out a tuk tuk driver nearby... More 

Thank Todd H
Chiang Mai, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I find Wat Sri Suphan, one of the most unique and beautiful temples in Chiang Mai and I take all of my visitors there.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We discovered this temple after leaving the night market. It was worth the visit as it is different than most other wats we saw. This one is encased in silver/aluminum and has alternating colors of lights shining on it outside. So pretty! The lights rotate the colors so you get views of the temple with various lighting schemes. Women are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visiting all Thai Wats on my trip makes me feel kind of guilt as we walk around and disturb thrue belivers. But all this wats are something special, gloriuous. This one is silver covered with special skill of local profesionals. It is real masterpeace. Unic one. Gave me special impression even how I'm ateist. I left small donation to monks... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I found this temple by accident when out walking early one morning after giving alms to the monks. I had a long chat with a monk at the temple before wandering around. The main temple itself is fabulous and so different in decor from the majority of others. The only downside is they do not permit females to enter the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I am not a fan for evening market or shopping at night because of people and sane cloth everywhere. I designed to show my friends on Saturday market and we join the night activities in this temple because of my friend Birthday. That was amazing and impressive. The staff and the monk lead us walk around abbot. We hold the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We made sure to stop by on our visit to the Saturday night market. Very impressive. Even our 4 and 6 year old were impressed at the sight of this temple. I would make sure to stop by before leaving to head home for the evening.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This temple is a little hard to find as it is located just outside the city walls. Maybe difficult to reach in foot, we rented a small motorcycle to get to some of the more remote temples. This temple is perhaps the most beautiful out of the 10-15 we visited. They have a shop where monks (and tourists) work on... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had passed by this wat during one of the Saturday night markets and decided to revisit it during the day. It is a beautiful temple with a focus on silver working and is able to combine the sacred with the secular seamlessly. The ordination hall is a piece of art as well as a sanctuary. The main temple is... More 

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