Photo: The only kind of tiger you’ll see here.

Wat Tham Seua (Tiger Cave Temple)

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Best known for tremendous views from a clifftop chedi reached by an exhausting stairway, Wat Tham Seua is a forest temple founded by famous Thai monk, Ajahn Jumnien. The “Tiger Cave Temple” stands as a major tourist attraction, meditation venue and monkey village.

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The name comes from a small cave where wild tigers once slept—they’ve long since vanished and now the cave houses a shrine with a statue of a tiger along with numerous Buddha images. Monks and nuns tie strings around wrists of visitors for good luck, while volunteers sell amulets and take donations to fund funerals for the poor, among other initiatives.

Brazen monkeys are everywhere. Photo taken in or around Wat Tham Seua (Tiger Cave Temple), Krabi, Thailand by David Luekens.

Brazen monkeys are everywhere. Photo: David Luekens

Signalling the area’s Chinese influence, a towering Chinese-style pagoda houses a giant statue of Kuan Yin, the Mahayana Buddhist “goddess” of compassion. Other features include an oddly placed whale skull, human skeletons used to aid in contemplating the impermanence of the body, and an enormous concrete chedi that has been under construction ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 500 words.)

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