Attraction Wat Khiri Wongkaram Taling Ngam Koh Samui Surat Thani Thái Lan Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Wat Kiri Wongkaram is special ?
Wat Kiri Wongkaram is famous for the renowned mummified monk Loung Por Ruam. The name of the monk is Loung Por Ruam and he was placed here 25 years ago and looks remarkably good. This temple houses the mummified body of the Buddhist monk Loung Por Ruam which can be viewed here in a glass case. He was placed in it upon his death 25 years ago and his body is still in remarkably good condition. Wat Kiri Wongkaram has very quiet and calm atmosphere. Entrance is free here, as in all other temples of Koh Samui. At the temple territory there is a Buddhist cemetery
What to explore at Wat Kiri Wongkaram?
Visitors can view the body of monk Loung Por Ruam which is kept inside a glass case, sitting in the same position for the past 25 years. Surprisingly, his body is still in remarkably good condition.
When you take the 4170 road south from Ban Saket, you will come across the beautiful elephant gate. You need to drive a further kilometre along this road to reach this wat.
Visitors can learn more about the life of the mummified monk while visiting here, as there is an English illustration about this Buddhist monk at the temple. Visitors can learn more about this monk’s life, Buddhism practices and subsequent death.
Wat Kiri Wongkaram’s charming architecture and sculptures are set upon a peaceful setting with a scenic backdrop. Visitors to the wat will come across a number of other old buildings in the temple grounds and you can take a free tour across some of these houses.
The area boasts scenic pathways, lush greenery and beautiful homes. Photographers will love capturing some unique photos at this traditional cultural site.
How to get to Wat Kiri Wongkaram?
The Wat Kiri Wongkaram is easily accessed from the main ring road in Koh Samui and is only a short 3.5 kilometres from the 4169 ring road. Wat Kiri Wongkaram is located near Tailing Ngam Bay on Koh Samui. At this temple complex you will find one of the two well-preserved, mummified monks on the Island. Located on south of Nathon, close to Taling Ngam, off route 4170. Look for the huge elephant gates and you know that is the right place.
- “Quiet temle far from bustle”
- “Quiet and interesting"
- "Off the beaten track”
- “Weird but interesting”
- "Beautiful and peaceful"
Wat Khiri Wongkaram Taling Ngam Koh Samui Surat Thani Thái Lan
Tips for you
You don't find the western visitors here. In fact you don't find many visitors at all. The dear old mummified monk is more like an old friend now as we visit him every year. The wat is old and not fancy. There is a crematorium attached to the site, and there are memorials around the grounds. This year we visited with our ladyboy daughter, and paid tribute to the monk together. Very moving and an honour. Worth making the trip! We normally go in a hire car, but a songthew would take you there.