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Friday, 30 September 2011

Wat Pah Saeng Tam, Koh Phangan

Wat Pah Saeng Tam, Koh Phangan

During my recent visit to Koh Phangan, earlier this month, when I conducted an IDC there, I visited this Wat Pah Saeng Tam. This Wat or Temple is known for it's mediation and 40 paintings of the Lord Buddha History.
Due to meditation being in full progress when I visited, I couldn't take any pictures of the paintings, unfortunately but I managed to get some nice shots in nonetheless.

You enter the Wat coming over a bridge where you see this nice welcome sign

The temple is located between Thong Sala and Chaloklum, possibly slighter nearer to Chaloklum. There's some construction going on at the premises which looked like a big building that may house the monks or possible the people that visit for mediation purproses.

Immediately after the bridge at your right hand side, you can find these three statues, which were wrapped in pink

The Temple grounds are relatively small but it's location at the foot of the forest makes it's interesting and part of the temple is surrounded by lush jungle.

A pretty arch made out of coconut tree leaves

As with many smaller Thai Temples, the Temple grounds were very quiet and I didn't see anybody walk around, I only saw some monks and disciples meditating in the building that houses all the paintings. There's some small roads that lead up into the jungle/mountains that may be of interest and could be explored during a next visit.

Many small cave like areas are often used for setting up Buddha statues, just like this one

A scene of small statues all grouped together near the entrance

This sign was outside the Temple and made me chuckle a bit, it does get the message over though!

If you're in Koh Phangan and making a trip around in the Northern part of the island, it may be worthwhile to stop and check out this Temples. It won't take too much time to walk around but the surroundings are nice and quiet. Enjoy your stay on Koh Phangan.

Camille

2 comments:

Stefan said...

Hi Camille,
Me and my fiancee are visiting Koh Samui on Nov 5th - Nov 17. I just realised that this period is during the "worst" rainy season... We really want that sun and we are now considering if we should go somewhere else in Thailand...

Have you noticed any difference in the weather this year? Have there been much rain so far? Is the monsoun "on schedule"?

The statistics say 320mm rain during november. Are the rainfalls usually during the nights or days?

Best regards,
Stefan

Camille said...

Hi Stefan,

That's indeed not a very good period to visit Koh Samui and I would suggest looking into Khao Lak, Krabi, Koh Lanta or Phuket.

Please have a look at my archives, half way down the page on my Samui info and weather blog, left hand side, they go back a few years. Open a month that you’re interested in and check one of the of the last posts of each month, starting with ‘Goodbye to…………’ this post will tell you the weather conditions for that month.
You can also check each individual post for that month if you wish to.