Wat Sri Suphan - Wua Lai - Chiang Mai

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  1. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    On the south side of Chiang Mai's old city moat lies the community of Wua Lai, famed for its silversmiths & craftsmen.
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    The Wua Lai silverware community started in Chiang Mai 200 years ago, when King Kawila imported renowned silversmith villagers from the north-west of Thailand, in an effort to return Chiang Mai to its former glory.

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    In 1501 Wat Sri Suphan was first built under King Mengrai. Since then the temple has been in destroyed & rebuilt several times.

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    In 1994 the abbot & Wua Lai villagers, restored the main hall and painted murals in the hall.
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    Then in 2004 they started a new project to rebuild Wat Sri Suphan, using their silversmith skills . The "silver" Ubosot - Ordination Hall is the result.
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    In the temple grounds there are many magnificent pieces. The bulk of the work is a zinc alloy, with precious silver used for the holy images.
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    In 2007, they built an Ancient Lanna Arts Study Center to facilitate the learning of silver crafts & arts, plus develop a new generation of craftsmen.

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    Now an important centre for learning traditional silversmith handicrafts Wat Sri Suphan has a silverware shop & workshop on the left of the temple where you can see people working with new designs.
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    Check it out sometime. Well worth a visit.

    Wat Sri Suphan website

    http://watsrisuphan.net/
     
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