Thailand Had Temple in the year 700 In the tunnel, Dare Sign?

Nothing special moment stepped foot to Wat Umong, an old temple located in Doi Suthep Hill, Chiang Mai, Thailand. In fact, the temple is located on the same hill at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep flashy by a gilded pagoda.

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“However Wat Umong interesting to visit. The temple is located in the tunnel,” said Paiboon Pramuankarn, a tour guide who drove KompasTravel and the entourage of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Chiang Mai around some time ago.

The further step of the tunnel entrance more visible. Far different from the temple in general in Thailand which stands majestic and classy. There are two entrances at the front of the thick mossy stone building.

Wat Umong Suan Phutthatham, so the full name of this temple. That means roughly “Temple of the Tunnels and Buddha Dhamma Garden”. This temple was built in the 13th century, when King Mengrai of the Kingdom of Lan Na ruling.

There are only a few visitors at that time. Fewer than the number of monks who have joined together to sweep the yard of the leaf litter.
Since its construction, the temple was abandoned start of the 15th century. Wat Umong newly renovated again in 1948, opened a year later to a place of meditation and Buddhist schools. Now, the complex of Wat Umong be the permanent home of the monks.

“Once upon a time, there used to be a monk in Chiang Mai is like meditation. But the longer, the city of Chiang Mai is getting crowded and he increasingly difficult to meditate. King Mengrai then ordered his men to make a place for meditation. Doi Suthep Hill into a suitable location,” said Paiboon nicknamed Jack.

After removing footwear, I went inside Wat Umong. There was little lighting in it. Gloom a little to make the hair stand. The sacrificial altar complete with gold-plated Buddha statues scattered at some point.

There was little lighting in it. Gloom a little to make the hair stand. The sacrificial altar complete with gold-plated Buddha statues scattered at some point.

Do not imagine that this tunnel-like cave Japanese or Dutch Cave in Bandung, winding like a labyrinth. There are only a few corridors in Wat Umong, you need not fear getting lost.

Trails corridor increasingly uphill, leads to the top of the large stupa temple perch. The architectural style of Lan Na highly visible from the surrounding ornaments.

increasingly uphill Line corridor, leading to the top of the large stupa temple perch. The architectural style of Lan Na highly visible from the surrounding ornaments.

Since its construction, the temple was abandoned start of the 15th century. Wat Umong newly renovated again in 1948, opened a year later to a place of meditation and Buddhist schools. Now, the complex of Wat Umong be the permanent home of the monks.

Every Sunday at 15:00 to 18:00 local time, there is a class of Dhamma (teachings of the Buddha) in the Chinese Pavilion near the lake. Not only Buddhists, but anyone can take this course and ask various things.

Wat Umong is also open to anyone who wants to meditate. Although many people on the outside, you will not mendegar murmur of voices once while in the middle of the tunnel. Dare to try?

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