Thursday, 26 November 2009

Year of Dog: Wat Ket Ka Ram Temple, Chiang Mai

For those born in the year of Dog, their place of worship is the Phra Ket Keo Chulamani stupa in the Tavatimsa Heaven, where the Buddha’s relics (his teeth) are kept by God Indra. These relics were once stolen by a Brahmin during the time the Buddha’s relics were divided and given to different Kings, but they were retrieved by God Indra. Since men can’t go to the Phra Ket Keo Chulamani stupa, they can worship the stupa at Wat Ket Ka Ram temple, whose name has the same meaning as the first. This temple is located on the bank of the Ping River in an international commercial area.

It is believed that the temple was built by a King, Phaya Sam Fang Kaen, in 1428, but the stupa collapsed in 1578. King Sutho built a new stupa in the Ceylonese-Lanna style. The temple also has a big hall built in the Rattanakosin period and a folk museum (opening time 08.00-16.00 hrs).

Location - Ban Wat Ket, Charoenrat Road, Mueang district, Chiang Mai

Getting there
By Car -From Bangkok use highway 32 to Nakhon Sawan and then highway no.1 passing through Tak and Lampang. Then use highway no. 11 to Chiang Mai. The distance is about 700 km. Once in Chiang Mai, cross the Nawarat bridge and turn left to Charoenrat Road. Go down the road for 500 meters. The temple is on your right.

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