Namotassa Baghavato Arahato Sama Sambuddhasa ...

Welcome to the website for Wat Phra Singh UK ... 

Our parent temple, Wat Phra Singh, is located within the ancient city walls of Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand, and in 2011 it is celebrated its 666th anniversary.  In commemoration of this auspicious occasion and in memory of the late Abbot, Luang Por Nuu, who passed away in 2009 at the age of 96, a group of supporters wrote to the new Abbot, the Venerable Phrasinghavisri Sopan Sopano, in late 2011 asking for permission for us to establish a new temple in Northwest England. Our request was discussed at the General Committee of Wat Phra Singh and later with the Council of Northern Temples in Chiang Mai where it received unanimous support.  A further request was made to the Venerable Luang Por Rajchabhavanavimol at Wat Buddhapadipa in Wimbledon in his role as President of the Council for Thai Buddhist Monks in the UK who has also expressed his consent.

In June 2012 Phra Kru Charin and Phramaha Thirasak of Wat Phra Singh travelled to the UK to stay at 39 Latham Avenue, Helsby, Cheshire WA6 0DY which is being used as a temple until more suitable accommodation can be found. Phra Kru returned to Wat Phra Singh where he was able to report favourably to the Abbot that there was a proven need for, and enthusiastic support of, the new temple project.

We have received tremendous support from both within and beyond the Thai community and we now attend regular events such as Chanting Ceremonies, Meditation practice and Bintabhat.  We also hold a gathering in a local venue on the last Sunday of each month that has proved very popular.  See our Events page ...

We received our registration as a charity on 28 August 2012,and will shortly be applying to the UKBA for registration under their PBS Sponsorship scheme to allow us to obtain visas for monks.

Our most pressing challenge is of course to acquire suitable premises, and we are exploring a number of options.  We are conscious though that we are using funds built up by your charitable donations so we take a cautious view and will minimise our expenditure as far as possible.

With your engagement and support we have achieved a lot in a short time, and we continue to work towards establishing your temple for the benefit of the community .....

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