Thailand: Wat Phra Singh Temple in Chiang Mai
Moving on to the northern Thailand and the UNESCO-listed walled city of Chiang Mai. The the very heart of it stand Wat Phra Singh Temple built in 1345. Besides holding one of the most revered Buddha statues in Thailand, it also has wax figures of various Buddha disciples and monks (I first thought they were live). And of course the most stunning gilded pagoda with elephants, shimmering in the midday sun.