Its official name is Wat Mongkol Taypaaraam, but the locals call it Wat Bpaak Naam.
Bpaak Naam means the rivermouth.
While Wat Bpaak Naam is very near the main marketplace of Hat Yai town, the feeling was one of peace the first time I visited. The second time I wandered around I heard the sound of Monks chanting blessings to a large group and there was another sizeable group of white-clad woman praying in the hall below.
Nevertheless, Wat Bpaak Naam still had a serenity about it; it’s not the most awe-inspiring or attractive of temples but it has something…
Work is still ongoing after starting in 2011-perhaps this will be new monk quarters, among other things .
The Wat has a clutter of cats. They are, one of the Monks told me, frequently dropped there if the animal is sick or the owners cannot continue to look after them.