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Thursday, 12 December 2013
Shiva temple in Khu Bon 27
temple in Khu Bon 27
googlemaps and in panoramio, it’s labeled as Chao Mae Kuan Im Palace, however
the large statue is Shiva (the inscription says พระมหาเทวะศิวะเทพ).
The sign on the main road says “วิหาร เสด็จพ่อพระศิวะ Phra Maha Shiva Thep’s
Hall”, so the references to Kuan Im might be an error, or referring to an even bigger Kuan Im statue to be built. Or because this place is a branch of the Kuan Im temple in Chokchai 4. There are statues of
other deities as well, but all considerably smaller than the Shiva statue.
in Thai (my words): ตำหนักเจ้าแม่กวนอิม
along Ramintra, get off at Soi Khu Bon. Walk along Khu Bon about 1.5 km to Soi
27. Walk along Soi 27 about 1.5 km to Yaek 27. From there about 600 meters to
is not much to see along the way, mocy or taxi is the best option. There are
Songthaeos (line 1059) which go from the entrance of Soi Khu Bon (Ramintra km
8) along Khu Bon (and into Soi 27?).
were no other Farang the whole trip and only few Thai people at the temple.
This temple clearly qualifies for “off the beaten track”.
did I know about this place? From a high building, I was looking for another
place with the help of binoculars borrowed from a colleague. I found the place
I was looking for and spotted other interesting buildings. With googlemaps and
photos on googlemaps I could identify it.
the main statue, visible from 10 km away from a good vantage point
in the ground floor under the statue:
Plans for extension, adding a giant Guan Im statue (in white color, 21 m tall, 18 m wide, 3500 tons):
(Update: I just found this temple is mentioned in "Bangkok off the Grid", but without pictures.)