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Wat Paknam

Main hall of Wat Paknam

One can reach Wat Paknam and also most of the other Wats along the Klongs via boat or car. The boat ride is of course the more attractive and faster way. When taking the boat ride, it is a good idea to remember what the pier looks like or to be able to read Thai, as they normally have the name of the Temple written on them. Wat Paknam is a very densely packed assembly of buildings. One walks through several small walkways which offer many more details of the Temple than just the view from the boat. The temple is also used by foreigners for meditation courses and is home to many female monks. Wat Paknam was built during the Ayutthaya period. The Ubosot is normally closed and people "wai" the Buddha inside in front of the closed doors. The temple was home to the famous monk Luang Pho Wat Paknam and his statue as well as a room dedicated to him can be visited. We went to Wat Paknam in 2001 and again in 2008.

Wooden structures of Wat Paknam

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