Wat Phra Singh is one of the oldest temples in the city, construction was started in 1345, and it was restored in 1925 and 2002.
This temple has a main prayer house (wihan) and several chedis. The oldest chedi is connected to the main wihan by a tunnel. Only part of the original chedi remains, but still contains urns with royal ashes from the 1300's. Here it is:
The main attraction of the temple is the Lai Kham Wihan, built in 1345.
Looking at the altar:
The pretty doors:
This prayer hall was one of our favorites we've visited in Thailand, it was especially interesting, and felt so serene and peaceful.
We visited the largest, newest wihan, also:
I noticed a monk selling these lovely "offering banners" so I purchased one, thinking I'd hang it up at home. Nothing doing! He gently insisted that I hang it along with the others. I wrote our names on each section, and then he wrote his in blessing on the back:
An interesting note: Monks are not allowed to receive anything directly from a woman's hands. When I paid I forgot this taboo, and he gently pointed to the table, I quickly set it down, then he picked it up!
David stood back by the entrance, and shot a short video of the monks chanting; it is a beautiful, calming sound that I just love:
A picture of the altar area, many Buddhas on this one:
Inside we found many of those amazing, life-size Buddha carvings. They are so life-like, and just fascinate us:
I loved this one:
We walked around the temple grounds, and came across a pretty, peaceful garden.
Tacked to several trees were wise Buddhist sayings, we loved them! Here are a few of our favorites:
OK, we give up! These white slippers looked very clean:
Yes, we gave a donation, sincerely from our heart!
After our little bit of shopping we tuk-tuk'd back to our hotel in time for our afternoon tour. It's a big adventure--stay tuned!!