Friday 23 November 2007

The not so mummified Monk in Wat Lamai.

On the search for Mummified Monks on Samui.

Monique told me about a supposed Mummified Monk in Lamai's Temple and immediately my interest was peeked and I felt the urge to investigate.

Having already visited the Mummified Monks in Wat Kanuram near Lamai and Wat Kiri Wongkaram in Baan Taling Ngam this was too good to be true to find a third one and it was too good to be true, so read on if you made it this far.

The entrance sign to Wat Lamai or are we more into Motocross events?

Here's a picture of the supposed Mummified Monk, he's however sooo well preserved, that it doesn't take long to realise that it's a wax figurine. Nonetheless, a very interesting way of displaying a well honored Monk and in sharp contrast to the very common glass boxes with a more 'simple' statue in it.

Here's 'Lang Poo Thuad Yeb Num Thale Jued' or the 'The Monk who walked on fresh water'. There's not any more information available at the Temple, at least not what I could find.

This is the area where the Monk is displayed, accompanied by more Deities. The carpet in front of the Monk is used for worshippers to sit down on and pray.

On the premises of the Temple are also the Natural Museum of which I already reported (part 1 and 2) and a couple of more areas with more statues of monks, like this 'hole in the wall' alike part of the temple.

All in all a very worthwhile destination if you're doing the almost compulsory 'trip around the island'. Wat Lamai can easily kill an hour during your trip with all has to offer.



Anonymous said...

Toch de moeite waard, al is 't dan een nepperd .. :)

Camille Lemmens said...

Hoi Monique,

Zeker de moeite waard, het Natural Museum ligt er pal naast, ben jij wel een halve dag onder de pannen, met een uurtje red jij het nooit!

Anonymous said...

Toen ik in Thailand was zijn we ook bij een wassebeeldenmuseum geweest. Waar dit precies was weet ik niet meer, dat zou ik moeten opzoeken!!

Camille Lemmens said...

Hallo Lonneke,

Daar ben ik wel benieuwd naar, mischien in Bangkok?