As Chiang Mai’s most revered temple, visitors flock to Wat Phra Singh to take in it’s Lanna art, architecture and resident Phra Singh Buddha (and therein lies the origins of it’s name). Wat Phra Singh, whose main entrance is guarded by lions, sits in the old city centre of Chiang Mai at the end of the main street (Rachadamnoen Road) and was built in 1345. The Phra Singh Buddha, also known as the Lion Buddha, is housed in a small chapel at the back of the temple grounds. The building is beautiful with its three-tiered roof and carved gables. The inside is just as amazing with gold-pattern stenciling (called lai·krahm) and extensive murals. Purchase incense and flowers to donate during your visit and you may receive a blessing from a senior Monk. The grounds also feature the main chedi with a unique octagonal shape along with a learning center for boys and young men to study to become Novice Monks. Under the shade of red umbrellas, a street market lines the walkway to the rear of the property and offers clothing, trinkets and food. The absolute best bowl of Khao Soi noodles can be had here for just 40 Thai Baht (about $1.30 USD).