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Wat Pra Singh, another popular temple in the city of Chiang Mai. This is the Wiharn inside the temple complex. View LARGE On Black

 

The sunset at the extreme left, behind the temple gave the sky the glow behind the roof top of the temple.

 

The outside is decorated in gold and ochre in a style which is ornate but without the gaudiness of many other temples.

 

The decoration inside is also quite rich. There is a brocade-like gold and red pattern on parts of the roof and back wall behind the altar. On the altar here (and not on the altar of the main wiharn) sits the Phra Singh Buddha image from which the temple takes its name. "Phra" is Thai for a priest or cleric and also used to refer to Buddha images. "Singh" means lion, but may be a corruption of the Thai word for Sri Lanka, where the image is supposed to come from.

  

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Taken on December 23, 2007