Chiang Mai, Thailand ~ 1345
Wat Phra Sing is the first Buddhist temple ever built in Northern Thailand. It houses the statue of a golden Buddha, as opposed to the Emerald Buddha that is housed in Wat Phra Kaeo. Wat Phra Sing stands in a town called Chiang Mai. It "was built in 14th century by King Phayco of the Mengrai Dynasty," and designed by Tawan Dutchanee.
The three-tiered roof of the main shrine of Wat Phra Sing and its carved ornaments are generously coated with gold. As you walk into the shrine, there are two sculptures at both sides of the stairs, looking as if they are guarding it.
Like any other Buddhist temple, there sits statue(s) of Buddha; and this one is called the Pra Thongtip Buddha. The Pra Thongtip Buddha is the largest Buddha statue among many others that are surrounding it.
The murals painted on the walls of the temple reflect the cultural traditions of Thailand during the Lanna period as well as other known stories such as the story of Thao Samon who expresses his disappointment in his daughter’s choice of husband. The murals mostly show the type of clothing, ranging from everyday life to the type of accessories they wear in dances.