Wat Phra Singh houses an important Buddha statue: the Phra Buddha Sihing which gives the temple its name. The origins of this statue are unknown but, according to legend, it was based on the lion of Shakya, a statue since lost which used to be housed in the Mahabodhi Temple of Bodh Gaya (India). The Phra Buddha Sihing statue is supposed to have been brought, via Ceylon (present day Sri Lanka), to Ligor (present day Nakhon Si Thammarat and from there, via Ayutthaya, to Chiang Mai. There are two more Buddha statues in Thailand which are claimed to be the Phra Buddha Sihing: one is housed in Wat Phra Mahathat in the city of Nakhon Si Thammarat and another in the Bangkok National Museum.
It is alleged that the head of the statue had been stolen in 1922. The possibility remains that the present statue (or maybe only the head) is a copy.
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Wat Muen Sarn
Wat Muen Sarn is one of an important learning center in Chiang Mai Province. This temple is located at 13 Wualai Road, Hai Ya, Muang, Chiang Mai with the size about 10 rai. (4 acres) In 1929, the king had allowed to build the temple here but the evidence could not be found. So on June 21st, 1991 the king had allowed to build the temple again with the evidence in the 108th Royal Thai Government Gazette. There are many palm leaf scrolls in this temple. The result from the survey of Social Research Insitute, Chiang Mai University shows that there are 163 indexes and 815 copies of the scroll. Some of the scrolls were written in 1825 which means these documents are almost 200 years old.
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