Wat Sri Suphan
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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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worldnomad_01
Los Angeles, CA1,587 contributions
May 2022
Originally built at the beginning of the 16th century, renovated from 2008 to 2016 and also known as the Silver Temple, Wat Sri Suphan is located just south of the old city and it is unique in its appearance and the fact that is all clad in silver. A beautiful statue of Ganesha (son of Shiva and Parvati) is placed in the front of the temple, confirms strong Hindu influences and the detailed silversmith work on every part of the temple is simply exquisite and amazing.
Written 5 June 2022
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Bangoe
184 contributions
Nov 2021
In some ways this is an amazing temple with all its stainless steel(?) decorations. Unfortunately, it was mostly under renovation when we visited.

What attracted us to visit was that there were supposed to be many active silversmiths working in the area. During theses COVID19 times there were none to be seen, but also people we talked to around the temple told us that even in normal times there not many, if any, silversmith left.
Written 29 April 2022
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PaulandSu
Hua Hin, Thailand645 contributions
Jan 2022
The Silver Sanctuary was built and decorated by silver craftsmen of Wua Lai Community .The sanctuary is decorated with the pure silver on the most important and parts. Aluminium was used for the decoration of the rest of the sanctuary areas, instead of using pure silver for the whole building. Its a great place to visit and very impressive both inside and out. a few silversmith shops surround the perimeter selling various items.
Written 11 April 2022
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Megan W
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Feb 2022 • Couples
Can’t believe that to this day women still can’t be allowed into a temple? Absolutely disgusted when half of the people going to visit are women it confuses me how this backwards view could even be happening especially somewhere ‘spiritual’ and ‘excepting’
Written 6 February 2022
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ChloeOokami
13 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
This is a question:

Is this the only temple in Chiang Mai that doesn't allow women or are there others also I should know about?
Written 19 January 2022
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melf_the_elf
Chiang Mai, Thailand41 contributions
Jan 2022
The Silver Temple is an extraordinary work of art. The detail of the aluminum / nickel / silver exterior is phenomenal. I notice something different each time I visit.

The temple is worth visiting at night. Although the nearby walking market has not re-opened post-pandemic (as of Jan 2022) and I don't think the monkchat has resumed either, the temple grounds are open. The lighting on the temple after sunset amuses and they often do one-hour-plus ceremony at 6:30pm on Saturday (open to anyone) that involves chanting and is mostly in Thai, but the volunteers that run it speak some English and so will translate a bit of what is going on (and explain what to do.)

There is a standard (gold-colored) Wat next to the temple where a monk will give you a blessing in exchange for a donation and tie a bracelet on your wrist. The silverwork shop beyond is pretty empty besides a pair of workers, but you might be able to do a little mini aluminum project.

Since the silver temple is an ordination hall, women are not allowed inside the temple structure itself. Luckily, the outside has enough detail to satisfy me.

Tuk-tuks and red trucks are less frequent on the nearby big street; you may have to walk back to the old city (10-15 minutes) to catch a ride or ask your ride to wait.

Because of the uniqueness, detail, and whimsy, this is my favorite temple in Chiang Mai.
Written 10 January 2022
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Lux_Traveler
Manila, Philippines354 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
This temple is a super unique temple here in Chiang Mai which is made of silver inside and painted silver outside, women are also restricted from entering the temple as it’s an entire belief about what happens you can google it. The craftsmanship of this temple is stunning and if you have a chance to visit do not miss it.
Written 15 December 2021
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Mary Vee
Boston, MA13 contributions
Dec 2020
Was very cool to see a silver temple. Also very annoying that only men can enter. There's a temple next door women can enter.
Written 4 November 2021
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Karin H
Minneapolis, MN608 contributions
Feb 2020
The silver temple is beautiful! But only men can go inside, which is so unfortunate, but oh well. Go around sunset when the light gleams of the temple!
Written 21 March 2020
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Thanh H
Anaheim, CA110 contributions
Mar 2020
Area surrounding of this silver temple are silversmiths, they were there for generations.
Stunning works of silver decorated and covered all over the temple. A must visit place when you are in Chiang Mai, not only for religion purpose but admiring the skills of people who created all their creative works for this place.
The Silver temple is not too far from Wulai road (Saturday night walking street), closed to Chiang Mai gate (Pratu Chiang Mai). Just a walking distance.
Written 19 March 2020
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