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    Former monks





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    Entrance to the largest of four museum halls, there are three more on an upper level.

    An archivist could spend a lifetime here cataloguing the thousands upon thousands of items on display, very little is labelled.

    Prefer to be here on my own, wander an hour or two; with my daughter companion there's an inevitable "can we go now?".

    When smaller she loved feeding the fish in the upper lake (10 baht bags of stale bread), running around and hiding here in the halls, the taxidermy dugong and tiger skin were favourites.

    This main hall a real mix of items, Khmer artefacts recovered from farming and sapphire mining operations, gifted estates of family heirlooms, bowls of rubies, recovered crockery from sunken ships in the Gulf, through to 80s technology - we have cassette players!





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    Locally mined rubies and sapphires




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    Wat Khao Sukim is not an 'old' temple, having began in 1966, but has acquired such a collection of statues and artefacts.



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    Enough of the main museum hall, upstairs three halls, two with a Chinese theme

    Upper level views. The tiles can be scorching hot, a quick hop into the hall for shade.








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    Very nice, thanks for sharing

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    Upper level. For scale, those monks are life-size










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    Just a few more...








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    The future:

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    More and more







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    A Chanthaburi (?) tiger

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    Durian country. View from the top level facing north, as a shower passes over the hills

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    50 km away on the Chanthaburi coast, an extension of Wat Khao Sukim located at the north end of Laem Sadet beach, 3km past Chao Lao.
    Wat Laem Sadet is a training and educational centre with accommodation for over 200 people.









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    Amazing the amount of artifacts on display at that temple. Beautiful things. Must be a very popular place!

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    Amazing the amount of artifacts on display at that temple. Beautiful things. Must be a very popular place!
    Prior to Covid19, was best to avoid visiting on weekends, holidays as the carparks would be overflowing with tour buses, often see convoys of them on Sukhumvit, charters from Bangkok, Rayong and further north.
    There used to be food stalls the length of the carpark, basic 40-50 baht meals, but that's all gone now, and the shop (not branded, but like a mini Lotus/7-11) has closed too.

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    Wat Noen Din Daeng, on Highway 3322 less than 1km from Wat Khao Sukim; not part of that temple organisation but their property areas only separated by the road. First pic from upstairs at WKS.











    Rated as 'not cyclist friendly' - not a monk to be seen and a pack of nasty temple canines, I didn't stay long. In comparison, no dogs at Wat Khao Sukim.
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    Wat Khao Sukim, Chanthaburi
    30 October 2022

    Progress on the new building; as there's only a steep and narrow road to it (security guard absent so took the motorbike up) appears they are installing one, possibly two, new cablecars from the main carpark.




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    Wat Khao Sukim, Chanthaburi
    30 October 2022

    Walkway around the main lake completed too






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    Wat Khao Sukim, Chanthaburi
    30 October 2022

    There was a new museum hall open, unsure if new items on display or just spreading out the already overcrowded collection





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    Wat Khao Sukim, Chanthaburi
    30 October 2022

    The bathroom attendants looked friendly enough



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    And on the return home from Wat Khao Sukim - we went via Tung Benja and loop back to Sukhumvit Rd on highway 3322 - we have to stop at this entrance to an orchard - have pics of the girls here with the gorilla dating back 10yrs+, part of the ongoing family album.


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