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    Wat Kham Sanot, Changwat Udon Thani

    We visited Wat Kham Sanot, Udon Thani, on our latest visit to the Isaan in November. My wife and her family called it "a superstition temple". It had the large, standing Buddha outside, the traditional statues in various locations and an abbott that wore the 108-bead mala neclace, but with many amulets of horn, bone and takrut on it. The temple also has the "lifting stones" that many partake of to tell their fortune with and also the "big gong" that one strikes to get reverbarations from to show good luck and the gongs that one makes "sing" by rubbing them rapidly. Has anyone else out there visited this temple?

    The abbott offered takrut and blessed waist-bands for the males that visited and he blessed the sak yant that the men had tattooed on themselves. I got a "meed mor", magical knife, from him to ward off evil in the home.

    The temple is located East/Northeast of Udon Thani and almost due North of Sawang Daen Din, yet it is in Udon Thani province.

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    they are all superstition temples, nowt to do with Buddhism.

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    Lovely photos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luangtom View Post
    We visited Wat Kham Sanot, Udon Thani, on our latest visit to the Isaan in November. My wife and her family called it "a superstition temple". It had the large, standing Buddha outside, the traditional statues in various locations and an abbott that wore the 108-bead mala neclace, but with many amulets of horn, bone and takrut on it. The temple also has the "lifting stones" that many partake of to tell their fortune with and also the "big gong" that one strikes to get reverbarations from to show good luck and the gongs that one makes "sing" by rubbing them rapidly. Has anyone else out there visited this temple?

    The abbott offered takrut and blessed waist-bands for the males that visited and he blessed the sak yant that the men had tattooed on themselves. I got a "meed mor", magical knife, from him to ward off evil in the home.

    The temple is located East/Northeast of Udon Thani and almost due North of Sawang Daen Din, yet it is in Udon Thani province.
    ban dung is my home town when in Thailand and is not so far of the beaten rack the princess royal is a regular vistor to the area around Wat Kham Chanot
    she recently opened a spa out there unfortunately ive not tried it yet
    a recent blog post on ban dung blog gives some further info and a link to the story about the ghosts of Kham Chanot
    did you stop in ban dung on your way in and out i recommend a full english breakfast at eddies bar while the girls pop into the market
    regards john

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    We only stopped to get some lunch for the whole crew that accompanied us to the wat. Nieces, nephews and sisters-in-law all rode with us on our outing. Next trip will have to include a stop at Eddie's and the wife will most definitely like the idea of more shopping. Thanks for the input.

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    Kham Chanot, Sacred Pool, Connection to Mekhong

    We've been to Kham Sanot (or Chanot) a couple of times, though it's been a number of years. I must admit, we never stopped at the temple proper, but rather went to see the small bit of forest and the shrine and sacred pool in the forest.

    The forest is interesting because it is almost entirely toddy palms which have interesting patterning of their leaf stems as they grow. There are also a goodly number of strangler figs wrapped around the palms.

    The pool is nothing much, just a 2 or 3 meters across, but the water is dark and it looks deep. There were some ladles there and it was supposed to be healthful/good luck to drink a bit of the water (probably a good way to get any number of bugs as well). My wife (Thai) wouldn't drink, but I've always had a strong stomach, so I took a swig. No ill consequences. No particular good luck either.

    The pool is theoretically/legendarily connected to the Mekhong River and a possible pathway for the pyanak (pyanaga) (large spirit serpentish creature).

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    A quick note on Ban Dung

    My wife used to teach outside of Ban Dung (the closest amphur to Kham Chanot). A pretty quiet town last time I was there (2002 or 03). There's a place on the main street south out of town across from the hospital that serves the best kao ka muu (fatty pork haunch w/ rice) I've ever had.

    To the north or northwest out of town there are saltworks. The ground water is briny and there are flats/pools that people work and boil off for the salt. You can buy bags of "fresh" salt right there.

    There used to be (may still be) a shortwave relay station southwest of town. I think it might've been VOA, but I don't know for sure.

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