Wat SrisuphanFree: All time

Even if you’re templed-out in Thailand, do still visit Wat Srisuphan when in Chiang Mai. Built in 1502, what is also known as the Silver Temple is like what its name suggests, covered in silverwork. Wat Srisuphan is located in the south of Chiang Mai’s walled Old Town. It lies in the silver-making district on Wualai Road. It wasn’t until 2004 that the latest renovation of the temple started using the knowledge of local silversmiths and implementing it onto the temple design. And the result is nothing short of extraordinary. The only drawback of the temple is there’s no entry to the main ordination hall allowed for ladies. However, female visitors can still enjoy the hall from outside or better still, check out the silver workshop. Other activities offered at Wat Srisuphan includes “monk chat” programs where visitors can talk with the monks. It’s offered every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 5:30pm to 7pm. You can also get an introduction to meditation on those days from 7pm – 9pm.

Address: Moo.2, Tambon Nong Kaeo, Amphoe Hang Dong Chiang Mai
Direction: If approaching from Chiang Mai Gate, head down Wualai Road, turn right to either Soi 2 or Soi 3 and follow the paths.
Website: thailandforvisitors.com/north/chiangmai/wat-srisuphan.php

Photo credit: Ashit Desai (Flickr CC), Jilly Goodman (Flickr CC)