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Wat Jong Klang and Wat Jong Kham

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The twin Shan/Burmese style wats of Wat Jong Klang and Jong Kham and their reflections on Jong Kham Lake create the iconic Mae Hong Son view.

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The brilliant white and gold chedis mesh with green roofs and their golden trimmings to form a glistening mirage across the surface of the lake, broken only by the lake’s fountains. Furthermore the temples are well-lit after dark and so make for an equally impressive night-time sight.

Easily Mae Hong Son’s most photographed wats. Photo taken in or around Wat Jong Klang and Wat Jong Kham, Mae Hong Son, Thailand by Mark Ord.

Easily Mae Hong Son’s most photographed wats. Photo: Mark Ord

Wat Jong Kham, which also gives its name to the small adjacent lake, is the elder of the twin temples and its construction began in 1827 under the direction of the ruler of Mae Hong Son, Phraya Singhanatracha. The ruler was Shan but both Shan (Tai Yai) and Burmese craftsmen were employed in the undertaking and the result is a blend of Burmese and Tai Yai elements. (Incidentally, Jong is actually temple or wat in Shan and Kham means gold so the Thai name then erroneously translates as Wat ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)


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