Wat Pa Tate Mong Kung
A forest wat in Nong Bua Lamphu province
I have been spending too much time in the village so we headed out for a drive to visit a local wat that had been recommended to us by Gaun’s oldest sister Noi. It wasn’t a super spectacular place but better than many. I can always find photos to share so enjoy these ones.
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This is something like Wat Pa (forest) Tate Mon Kung, being my interpretation of the Thai pronunciation. Show your Thai partner this script and she’ll laugh at my attempt วัดมงคลเทพนิมิต! You can find it HERE on Google Maps:
It’ a pretty good effort seeing it sits in the middle of nowhere. The ‘Pa’ in the name means it is a wat in the Thai Buddhist forest tradition, which results in less red, white and gold and more trees. You can read more HERE.
This should be filled with water obviously but maybe they only do that for special occasions. Also with the number of leaves falling off trees this time of year pumping the water out is a good idea.
More work to happen on the ceiling maybe. The usual very simple Buddha hall, which you will find in most forest wats. Not a lot of timber used here but they have incorporated some.
My last post spoke about san phra phum, the spirit houses, and here’s one in a Buddhist temple. The spirit houses have nothing to do with Buddhism so don’t try to connect the two. Thais will pat respect to Buddhism related aspects in equal proportion to their obligations to spirits.
This one isn’t being looked after very well. It is a specially dedicated shrine, not to spirits in general but to a hermit holy man originating in India called Rishi/Ruesee (Thais pronounce him ‘Lucy’). You will see him around in many situations. He always has a long beard and usually dressed in an animal skin.
This is a shrine to Ruesee in Wat Kam Chanote, outside Udon Thani. It’s where tens of thousands of Thais go to get tips from the spirits on lottery numbers.
This temple is making an effort. More water needed as things have been planted but not looked after. Nature won’t do it this time of year. Many teak trees, which lose their leaves in ‘winter’ so it was all a bit bare.
Simple but like almost every forest wat I have been to beautifully maintained. Very different from many village (red, white and gold) wats.
See how the leaves have been swept up. This is a day chore for the monks and volunteers as it is in our garden!
Another illustration of everything in its place.
A washing-up station. The tyres are there because the begging bowls the monks use have rounded bottoms. The tyres hold them in place when they are being washed.
Not a special photo. I took it to illustrate again how tidy these forest wats are kept. Everything swept.
A good looking house so I presume the one belongingto the abbot.
Concrete paths everywhere. Neat.
A buffalo getting a nice dried leaf from Gaun.
Caught short? If you ever need a toilet get to a temple. They always have large numbers to cater for the demand when they hold large celebration events.
Ong – Isaan waterpots. I love their shapes and colours.
These ones are real (I think). Cows in the shade as we headed home.
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