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Buddhist Hell in Chiang Mai

January 22, 2011 | | Comments 6

To HELL in Chiang Mai

Behind what looks like an innocuous, run of the mill, Thai Temple you will find yourself in a rather surreal setting.

The friendly, smiling faces that greet you are only meant to lure you in;

Why wasn’t mine so friendly?

I have been to a couple of similar displays in Thailand, but I wasn’t aware of this one near Chiang Mai

Welcome to Buddhist Hell !!!!!!!!!

I swear any resemblance to particular GT-Riders is purely accidental.

There is more, but I think you get the idea. It is not the most pristine temple grounds and they are in the process of constructing more figures.

Check it out, rather bizarre to say the least and only about 14k from town.

It is in the village of Ban Mae Kaet and is shown on the Garmin and ESRI GPS maps. It is commonly called Wat Mae Kaet, but also known as Wat Mae Gat Noi or Wat Sri Dorn Chai Pa Tung Ngam. (N18 52.687 E99 02.214)

Take the 1001 (Mae Jo Rd) north from the Super Highway to the Sansai Rd (Alt 1001). Turn right (just before the Mae Jo University) and travel 3.5km. It is on the right (south) side of the road. On the opposite side of the road is a small Honda shop. It is a little difficult to see coming from the west because of the angle (see the first photo).

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  1. mybanyan says:

    Thank you for making aware of a Buddhist curiosity just around the corner :) ! I have visited a similar (smaller) heaven in Phayao (Wat Sri Khom Kham)

    Will pay a visit top this one.

  2. Dear Dave, really enjoy your blog, i was wondering if i could ask you a question about the golden horse temple? i am going to make my way there soon to hopefully shoot a photo story and was wondering if the monk Samerchai, was still residing there? And was there anyone who could speak english? If you have time i would love to hear from you Sincerely Steven Burton


  3. Callum says:

    Yes let’s have more these places please…this is an interesting curiosity place to visit…have subscribed to your newsletter hope I get blogs update via there…lot of interesting stuff on here…cheers

  4. Dr. R.K.Choubisa says:

    I am really delighted to see the pictures. These depicts the real things of NARAKS as defined in purans. I am happy to see 136 pits of Bangkok.

  5. Dave Early says:

    I first thought the above comment of Dr. Choubisa was some sort of spam. Still, being curious I searched ‘Naraks’, ‘Purans’, and ’136 pits of Hell’. I received a new understanding of what Buddhist Hell is about. Thank you, Doctor.