Photo: Mural, Wat Mani Praison.

Wat Mani Praison

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While Mae Sot isn’t particularly known for its temples, Wat Mani Praison is well worth a stop to check out a beautiful Burmese-style ordination hall along with lots of bizarre bits of curio.

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Closest to the street in an unusual wihaan crowned by multiple tiers of chedis with Buddha images placed in the niches, vivid murals depict a baby Buddha strolling on lotuses and an aged Buddha lying on a lotus at the moment of his death and parinibbana. Also check out the fake skeleton sporting sunglasses next to a coffin; slide 20 or 100 baht into the donation box to help provide funeral services for the less fortunate.

Inside the ordination hall. Photo taken in or around Wat Mani Praison, Mae Sot, Thailand by David Luekens.

Inside the ordination hall. Photo: David Luekens

Wander further back and you’ll find a striking depiction of Luangpho Sangkatchai, a famous monk known for his supernatural abilities, sitting in meditation on the back of a tiger. Beyond that sits a huge meditating Buddha image and an equally impressive silver laughing Buddha lounging on a lotus with plus-size prayer ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 200 words.)

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