Mae Hong Son - Wat Kam Ko
Photo Gallery of a temple standing peacefully but lonely, Wat Kam Ko, in Mae Hong Son of Northern Thailand.
Mae Hong Son is about 300 km to the northwest from Chiang Mai, and it's close to the border between Thailand and Myanmar. It will take about 40 minutes from Chiang Mai by air (if my memory is correct. :D ).
Mae Hong Son is famous for Long Neck Tribe - Ban Nai Soi, the beautiful temples at the edge of a lake, Wat Chong Kham / What Chong Klang and the temple on top of a mountain, Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu reported on a different page.
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A temple standing peacefully but lonely, Wat Kam Ko in Mae Hong Son.
I ever had visited a lot of temples in Thailand, from southern to northern areas but I had never seen this kind of temples: This temple had a string of red gates to the main hall like a Japanese shrine with the series of red Toriis (shrine gates).
The explanation in the temple says as follows:
Kam Ko is a Tai word for Dok Bunnak in Thai or Ceylon ironwood flower. Wat Kam Ko is an old temple built in 1890 A.D. in a beautiful architectural style. One outstanding aspect is a roofed passage connecting the entrance gate with the Sala, the pavilion.
The temple also houses textbooks in Tai language on the Tai history and King Anawrahta, which has already been translated into Thai by Phra Maha Bunrak Supanyo, (the abbot.)
[Wat Kam Ko] Chedi and the path to the main hall
|I visited here in 2004, kind of a long time ago.
Wat Kam Ko is an old temple built in 1890, about 125 years ago as of 2014. Talking about in 1890, the current dynasty of Thailand, Chakri or Rattanakosin already started, and in Japan, more than 20 years passed after the Meiji Restoration and the Imperial Rescript on Education was signed by Emperor Meiji of Japan on 30 October this year.
|The path to the main hall. This temple's atmosphere is similar to shrines in Japan and I felt like I was in Japan. This view of a temple is very unique in Thailand. Are there some cultural connection between this temple and Japanese shrines ?|
|A little lonely board in the rain.||The yellow flag indicates Buddhism.|
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