Wat Ket Temple and Museum

Wat Ket is located directly across the Ping River from the Flower Market in Chiang Mai’s central market area. A small walking bridge across the river makes easy access to this peaceful and atmospheric ancient temple. The date of its construction is unknown but it is believed to be between 500 – 600 years old.

Wat Ket – main prayer hall

One of the two nagas at the entrance of the prayer hall

Inside the main prayer hall at Wat Ket

The stupa containing a relic of Buddha at Wat Ket

A shrine for Buddha images outside the main prayer hall

Monk’s “Chat” room – for private consultations

This is a temple especially dedicated to those born in the year of the dog. All around the temple compound are colourful statues of dogs of various sizes. I don’t know exactly what the connection is but it is believed by Buddhists that when their prayers are answered, then they return to the temple and place a figure as a sign of gratitude.

Canine figurines adorn the temple compound

More canine statues

A few more doggy statues!

The front of the ordination hall at Wat Ket

Detail of the front door panels of the ordination hall

Detail of one of the side panels of the ordination hall at Wat Ket

One of the sides of the ordination hall

Mosaic at the back of the temple

Closer view of the mosaic

Serene water feature in the compound

The monks’ residence

At the side of the temple is an old building that is home to the Wat Ket Museum, an eclectic collection of artifacts culled from the attics and store-rooms of the temple as well as donated by the local community. The museum is taken care of by Mr Jack, an elderly Chiang Mai resident, whose mother was from Chiang Mai and father from Scotland.

The front entrance of Wat Ket Museum

Amongst the 6 rooms of displays, you can view Mr Jack’s private collection of phonographs, a gramophone, an antique Siamese “White Elephant” flags, coins, wood carvings and Buddha images. One of the most interesting displays is the huge collection of old photographs dating back to more than 100 years ago. There are photos of old river boats. markets, people of Chiang Mai, buildings and so on. Entrance fee is by donation. The museum is open between 8:30 am – 4 pm.

Traditional instruments on display at Wat Ket Museum

Old traditional gongs on display at the museum

Chok dee ka!

Kap khun mak ka! Sawadee Ka!

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