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Wat Tham Khao Poon

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Well-lit natural halls lead to nine caverns full of Hindu/Buddhist shrines in the cave system at Wat Tham Khao Poon, the easiest to reach of Kanchanaburi’s many cave temples.

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The first cavern in the “Temple of the Limestone Mountain Cave” houses a reclining Buddha image that has supposedly been here since the late 19th century and once received the offerings of King Rama V. From here you enter a series of narrow corridors in which getting lost would be easy if it weren’t for the abundant fluorescent lights.

Eye-catching. Photo taken in or around Wat Tham Khao Poon, Kanchanaburi, Thailand by David Luekens.

Eye-catching. Photo: David Luekens

Of the variety of shrines found in each room, two of the most eye-catching are a depiction of the hermit Ruessi and a collection of Ganesha images cluttered among other Hindu deities. A range of Buddha images include palm-sized statues squeezed into dark corners and a fairly large seated Buddha in the final room. Along with the dusty religious statuary, coloured lights join stalactites and stalagmites to create some ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 200 words.)


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