Thailand, What Wat?

What Wat? Wat Bpaak Naam, Hat Yai, Southern Thailand

An occasional look at Wats and other places of worship within the region.DSC_0174

 Its official name is Wat Mongkol Taypaaraam, but the locals call it Wat Bpaak Naam.

Bpaak Naam means the rivermouth.

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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.

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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…

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Work is still ongoing after starting in 2011-perhaps this will be new monk quarters, among other things .

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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.

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