Wat Bang Phra Temple

Wat Bang Phra Temple, Nakhon Chai Si

Wat Bang Phra Temple
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Be aware of scam if you want a Sak Yant
Mar 2020
I had done a lot of research before going to this temple to get a blessed sak yant tattoo by one of the monks, expecially by Luang Pi Nunn. I had previously gotten a sak yant tattoo by an ajarn in Chiang Mai. My friends and I hired a taxi driver from our hotel for 1000 bahts roundtrip from Bangkok. We left Bangkok at 7:00 am and arrived about an hour later. Upon arriving, our driver asked someone at the temple where to get the offering, which building to go, etc. There were a couple of different tables that sold offerings, one charged 75 bahts and another one charged 60 bahts. After that, we were led to sit on a stone bench where there were 4 women waiting before us. Interestingly enough, one of them spoke very good English and told us that we were at the right place. About 15 minutes later, we were led upstairs to a building. Right away, I felt something was wrong because I read from other posts that upstairs are for foreigners to pay large sums of money to get a sak yant tattoo. Sure enough, once we were led upstairs, we were given a menu with all the different sak yant tattoos that they offered. We were then told that the tattoo fee started at 4500 bahts and up depending on the pattern that we choose. Well, I knew right then and there that we were led up to the wrong room. After asking a couple of questions, we were told that there is another building where the monk does the tattoos. Right away, the English speaking lady who were there before us tried to convince us that where we were was a better option because there was no wait. But that's not the reason why we went to this temple. So, I went downstairs to the other building to investigate. Sure enough, Luang Pi Nunn, was in the middle of giving a tattoo to someone with about 5 people waiting. After what I saw, I immediately went back to the other building to retrieve my friends. As we left the upstairs room, the 2 ladies (one who spoke good English) followed us downstairs. I thought, ok, may be they are coming to the other building with us. Well, they left and was nowhere to be found. A few days later, I thought about the event and I realized the English speaking lady must be part of a scam at the temple to bring unsuspecting foreigners upstairs to pay for the very expensive tattoo. Now that story is out of the way, let me tell you the steps. Once arrived at the temple, find the tables that sold the offerings. Then find the right building where the monk performs the sak yant tattoos. The room is located on the ground floor of a building. So, if you were led up a bunch of steps, run the other way unless you want to choose your sak yant and pay an arm and a leg for it. Once you find the right room, you need to make a 25 bahts donation on silver platter in the middle of the floor. You will also put the offering you bought on that platter. Then you will find a stack of pink envelopes (very worn because they are reused). You'll then put a donation into that pink envelope, find a place to sit on the floor and wait for your turn to get tattooed by the monk. The rest you can just watch and learn while you wait for your turn. It is important to remember that the monk determines which sak yant and its location on your body. There is no pictures allowed inside the building and please be respectful to the process. The tattoos that we received were done with a tattoo gun. Just because it wasn't done with a stick doesn't take away from the power as long as you show respect and be a good person. Good luck to you all!

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Jackson S
Palm Harbor, FL22 contributions
Be aware of scam if you want a Sak Yant
Mar 2020
I had done a lot of research before going to this temple to get a blessed sak yant tattoo by one of the monks, expecially by Luang Pi Nunn. I had previously gotten a sak yant tattoo by an ajarn in Chiang Mai. My friends and I hired a taxi driver from our hotel for 1000 bahts roundtrip from Bangkok. We left Bangkok at 7:00 am and arrived about an hour later. Upon arriving, our driver asked someone at the temple where to get the offering, which building to go, etc. There were a couple of different tables that sold offerings, one charged 75 bahts and another one charged 60 bahts. After that, we were led to sit on a stone bench where there were 4 women waiting before us. Interestingly enough, one of them spoke very good English and told us that we were at the right place. About 15 minutes later, we were led upstairs to a building. Right away, I felt something was wrong because I read from other posts that upstairs are for foreigners to pay large sums of money to get a sak yant tattoo. Sure enough, once we were led upstairs, we were given a menu with all the different sak yant tattoos that they offered. We were then told that the tattoo fee started at 4500 bahts and up depending on the pattern that we choose. Well, I knew right then and there that we were led up to the wrong room. After asking a couple of questions, we were told that there is another building where the monk does the tattoos. Right away, the English speaking lady who were there before us tried to convince us that where we were was a better option because there was no wait. But that's not the reason why we went to this temple. So, I went downstairs to the other building to investigate. Sure enough, Luang Pi Nunn, was in the middle of giving a tattoo to someone with about 5 people waiting. After what I saw, I immediately went back to the other building to retrieve my friends. As we left the upstairs room, the 2 ladies (one who spoke good English) followed us downstairs. I thought, ok, may be they are coming to the other building with us. Well, they left and was nowhere to be found. A few days later, I thought about the event and I realized the English speaking lady must be part of a scam at the temple to bring unsuspecting foreigners upstairs to pay for the very expensive tattoo.

Now that story is out of the way, let me tell you the steps. Once arrived at the temple, find the tables that sold the offerings. Then find the right building where the monk performs the sak yant tattoos. The room is located on the ground floor of a building. So, if you were led up a bunch of steps, run the other way unless you want to choose your sak yant and pay an arm and a leg for it. Once you find the right room, you need to make a 25 bahts donation on silver platter in the middle of the floor. You will also put the offering you bought on that platter. Then you will find a stack of pink envelopes (very worn because they are reused). You'll then put a donation into that pink envelope, find a place to sit on the floor and wait for your turn to get tattooed by the monk. The rest you can just watch and learn while you wait for your turn. It is important to remember that the monk determines which sak yant and its location on your body. There is no pictures allowed inside the building and please be respectful to the process. The tattoos that we received were done with a tattoo gun. Just because it wasn't done with a stick doesn't take away from the power as long as you show respect and be a good person.

Good luck to you all!
Written March 23, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Gaurav G
New York City, NY33 contributions
Best outing in BKK
Mar 2019 • Solo
Took the bus from central to the Wat Bang Phra about an hours journey. Keep the whole day free to get a San Yakt tatto from the monks and roam around the temples
Written February 1, 2020
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Claus Freberhardt
12 contributions
This is NOT a place for a quick turist tattoo souvenir...
Dec 2018
Wat Bang Phra is a epicenter for Sak Yants, and if you don't know the history of Sak Yant, then don't get one before you have the understanding and are willing to live with a Sak Yant

Sak Yants is for some people a way of life, and there are rules of conduct that follows the different designs

There are great powers conected with a Sak Yant, and are not a fassion object...
Written November 13, 2019
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Tony On Tour
Bangkok, Thailand215 contributions
Faith in teachers
Mar 2019 • Friends
Faith in teachers .!!!!!!belive or superstition And respect teachers Here is Bang Phra Temple Pupil of Luang Pho Plue Nakhon Pathom.Faith in teachers will make life prosperous. Sathu Sathu.Sathu.
Written March 24, 2019
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Martin Schneider
5 contributions
Helpful hints to get your Sak Yant Tattoo at Wat Bang Phra Temple
Jan 2019 • Solo
Today I got my Sak Yant Tattoo at the Wat Bang Phra temple. I started at 6:30 in the morning with my favorite taxidriver Mr. Chaengsawang (the only one I had no near-death-experience with) from Bangkok .
We arrived one hour later at the beautiful Buddhist Temple and I left him sleeping in his cab to see the monk. But first I had to buy flowers, cigs and incense as an offering. I dropped my offerings in a silver bowl when I arrived at the room and took a couvert from another golden bowl to add an additional offering of 300 Baht. I was the only westerner there that Monday morning and examined the procedure carefully with the four people that have been there before. When it was my turn I crawled on my knees to the monk (who was Luang Pi Nunn himself!), bowed three times, handed him my offering and took off my shirt. Now I heard him mumbling something the first time ever. He dragged me around, lifted my arms and was obviously searching for free space. He found it on my right rib cage (great fun in terms of pain). He was searching his plastic bags for a specific stamp to use as a stencil he though would suit me the best. He placed it and two guys were pushing me in the position pretty ungently for tattooing and were holding my skin tight. The Monk immediately began to work (with the same needle and ink he used for the four people before me). I still didn’t know what I’ll get so far. He wasn’t pretty gentle with me at all. After a while he stopped and drew lines on me using a marker and then tattooed the script freehand, wiped my tattoo and tapped my back. His work was done after he mumbled a blessing and blew on the tattoo to activate it’s holy power.

Following you’ll find helpful hints and the expected costs.

HELPFUL HINTS

-Wear a Shirt that covers your shoulders and long pants

-Take off your shoes before entering the building

-Be there early to avoid waiting times

-The Monk appeared at exactly 8:30

-Be friendly, quiet, respectful and humble

-No pictures in the room you get tattooed

-Be aware, that hygienic standards are non-existent (Same needle and ink for everyone that day, open building, stray dogs, no gloves and self-mixed ink which - as the legend says about Luang Pi Nunn - contains snake venom)

-Be aware that the quality of the tattoo is far from western standards. If you’re going there because it’s cheap: just don’t. It’s an experience and a deep dive in the Buddhist culture. Treat it as such!

-Go there at the end of your vacation - new tattoos are not allowed to be exposed to sunlight and water

-You’ll find the room to get your Sak Yant when you enter the temple from the parking lot on the very left, walk straight ahead (you’ll pass the stand to buy the offerings) to the building with the two colored tiger statues in front, turn right and head to the directions of the toilets. You walk up a small staircase at the left to get there.

-It seems that there’s another room above where you get Sak Yants with fresh needle and ink and you can choose the motive and spot, but get charged. For me this wasn’t an option since I wanted it oldschool.

-If you meet a friendly cab driver on your way through Bangkok that speaks English, ask him to pick you up at your hotel at the desired time and date - he’ll be happy to do so.

COSTS

Going from center to Wat Bang Phra, waiting time and going back:
~1500 Baht

Offerings:
75 Baht

Additional Offer:
Up to you. But hey: you’re getting a tattoo for free - don’t be a cheap f**k!

Hope that helps you guys and gals.
Written January 28, 2019
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JJ K
Hua Hin, Thailand148 contributions
Hidden Jewel
Jan 2019 • Family
Amazingly beautiful river-side temple with hundreds of fabulous sculptures. Great place for families with children. Even offers boat rides on the river.
Written January 20, 2019
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Colin C
Hong Kong, China6 contributions
Amazing Temple
Sep 2018 • Couples
I have do the tattoo here. The monks are very nice. You need to go to the second floor with an air con room if you are foreigner. The monk will start to do tattoo at 8:00am. If you don't want to queue for long time, recommend you go in the early morning.
Written December 13, 2018
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Joe S
10 contributions
My first tattoo
Oct 2018
The Sak (tap) Yant from my understanding is of prayers or “Yantra” and is traditionally applied by a monk and is done by tapping a needle til the work is done. The monk suggested Hah Taew (5 lines) each line is a different blessing. Great experience, also an amazing place and opportunity to meditate 🧘‍♂️🕉
Written October 29, 2018
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7ony55
Nong Prue, Thailand236 contributions
Disappointed
Aug 2018 • Couples
I wanted to visit to get a tattoo from a monk and have it blessed as the Temple is world famous.
Therein lies the problem.
We visited on a quiet, wet Saturday afternoon, disregarding the advise available here. The Temple and surrounding area was lovely, however, as soon as a Western or indeed, non Thai face is seen, then the price rockets!
A traditional Sak Yant tattoo for my Thai partner, 2,000 baht. Same for me 8,000 baht, no discount for Thai Driving Licence holder!
The same tattoo, price for a Thai person arriving unaccompanied, 1,000 baht!
Go for the Temple and the lovely café just over the river, free ferry service. Look at the tattoo process, and leave is my advise.
Written August 28, 2018
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KoenSchenke
Eindhoven, The Netherlands186 contributions
Very beautiful tattoos and very skilled monks who make them.
Jun 2017
This is the best place for your Yant Tattoo. The monks who make them are very skilled. I got my first one in april 2013.I went downstairs and I got the Gao Yord that controls all other Yants from the neck down. There was no hassle or anything. Get your things and make the offer to the monk and follow the rituals like the thais do. If you don't know how, do some research. I do have to say I went there with my thai gf who has many tattoos done there. When the tattoo was made it wasn't as painful as I was thinking it would. But the tattoo is from a very high quality and was done very good. After 5 years it still looks beautiful. I will go back again for a sip soong yord.
About payment,..it is same like the thai do, you give the monk what you can afford. If you are poor less if you are rich you can give more, but I dont know how that is now, and if you go there as a farang alone, as it is a few years ago for me when I went there. But I will go back again. If you want a real yant, you should go here.
Written May 26, 2018
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