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Address: 100 Wua Lai Road | Hai Ya Subdistrict, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand
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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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A beautiful temple not on the radar of many tourists.

Located off Wua Lai Rd ( Saturday Night Market ) the temple is also known as the "Silver Temple" because many structures of the temple are made of silver. The moment you enter Wua... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Located off Wua Lai Rd ( Saturday Night Market ) the temple is also known as the "Silver Temple" because many structures of the temple are made of silver. The moment you enter Wua Lai Alley 2 you can see a silver arch across a lane on the left. The temple is about 1.5 km from our hotel, Baan Sang... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

To be honest I prefer the look of other temples however that doesn't mean to say I didn't like this place. It was interesting and unique which is always a good thing. It is certainly worth visiting. Some very friendly cats at the temple who seemed to be happy hanging around, there is always animals of some form at a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A short walk from inside the city wall OR a nice stop to take a break from the Saturday Market. Definitely worth the trip!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A must stopover. Another good visit with nice landscape and artistic design situated in the city. Less crowded as compared to the rest of the other popular ones.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Been here while the Silver Wat wasn't completed. Now 2 years later I was even blown away more. The details and the craftmanship are mindblowing. Def one of my favorites.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although there was no one here to explain to us the significance of this space, we did have our trusty guide book and the sights were stunning. Definitely worth checking out as it was a bit different than the MANY you're able to visit in Chiang Mai.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wat Sri Suphan or popularly known as 'Silver Temple' is a must visit in Chiang Mai. Its a beautiful small temple covered with engraved sheets of silver which are handmade by the artists and monks in the backyard of the temple which is a place to visit by itself. Women are not allowed inside the beautifully coloured interior of the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Wat Sri Suphan had recently added a chapel (Ubisoft) which is covered the structure with silver. The chapel took 12 years in construction and recently completed in April this year. The chapel and the surrounded Buddha images in silver and gold gave a beautifully contrast in color. Due to the space limitation, wide-angle lenses are recommended to capture the chapel... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

There are obviously many many temples in Chiang Mai but this one is a bit different. The silver temple is intricate and beautiful and is well worth a visit if you are in the area. Go at dusk and have a tasty cheap dinner at the night market by the south gate.

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all of the details decorated in the silver shrine is from the local wisdom of Silver smith. to maintain this kind of wisdom, we keep it on the building More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

Wat Sri Suphan is located just outside the walls of the old city. In a city with temples just about on every corner - this one stands out and is definitely worth a visit. It is Thailand's only silver temple and the workmanship is exquisite. Just a note: Women are not allowed inside the temple.

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