Wat Ket Karam Museum

Wat Ket Karam Museum, Chiang Mai

Wat Ket Karam Museum
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Radix7
Sydney, Australia181 contributions
The Wat Ket temple complex is well worth a visit by itself but this little museum we stumbled across at the aide is an experience in itself. The opposite of modern museum professionalism - a miscellaneous collection of objects, photographs, displays, a real 'folk museum" where it seems rather unpredictable what you will find. Something different.
Written March 1, 2020
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arch_c
Mumbai, India80 contributions
Solo
I read about the Wat Ket Karam Museum on a blog and decided to visit it. Although it's close to cafes and well known restaurants, there were just a couple of people in the temple complex, and just one caretaker in the museum. He waved me into the museum and then left me to my own devices.

The museum is located in an old wooden building with interconnected rooms - there is also another building at one side that has some exhibits. The museum has the most random collection of exhibits I've seen, and i mean this in a nice way. As you enter, you are greeted by mammoth bones. One room has weaponry including samurai and old Thai swords and daggers, another has royal fabrics and prayer flags. One back room is dedicated to photographs depicting the history of Chiang Mai, and there are lots of faded photographs of people and children. The captions are all in Thai so the significance was lost on me and I didnt spend very long there.

Other exhibits included a Chinese Buddha statue, Chinese pottery, ancient medicine sets with chicken bones, a pendulum balance for weighing opium, ships in bottles, an Egyptian mask, and all manners of things. (Being Indian) I was pleasantly surprised to find statues of Narada and Shiva (from Indian mythology) too.

There were also wooden bits of carving that once adorned the Wat Ket temple.

An hour is sufficient to have a look around.
Written May 30, 2012
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DrSAH
Preston, UK153 contributions
Just over the footbridge from Wororot Market and near to several restauramts this delightful little temple makes a pleasant change from the large magnificent temples in the centre of town. Serving the chinese community, it is a more humble version of a buddhist temple, but more satisfying for it. The attached museum is a real glimse into the past, containing a Topsy-turvy collection of gifts given to the temple over the years. There is a room with an excellent collection of photos of Chiang mai. Dont expected to be educated, just go for the ambience.
Written November 10, 2009
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farang31
Bangkok, Thailand81 contributions
Wonderful Old Temple - great for a short 30-40 min side trip or longer if staying for a drink.

Sadly (or nice for me) we was the only 2 people there because of c19 - so we walked around these wonderful old buildings - the shop / Cafe was closed but well worth the visit if you in the area,
Written November 5, 2020
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Delnor N
Houston, TX601 contributions
Family
Thailand is filled with beautiful temples. What makes Wat Ket Karam stand out is its uniqueness in celebrating the Year of the Dog. The temple is not in the center of the tourist area so it is a little quieter.
Written January 4, 2018
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lightfan
Sydney, Australia131 contributions
I have been to this Wat and its museum on a few occasions and the first time I was shown around by the man responsible for the museum, Jack Bains. He was the son of a Scottish timber company employee and a Burmese mother and a few years ago he died in his 90's.
The museum is an amazing collection of beautiful, weird, interesting, bizarre, religious, artistic objects all sort of jumbled together in a wonderful way.
Just walk across the Ping river from Wororot market on the pedestrian bridge and Wat Ket is right in front of you. If you like the unexpected and beautiful you will not be disappointed. It's a very photogenic place. Please leave a donation if you can.
Written October 28, 2017
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Zack B
Houston, TX18 contributions
Couples
A beautiful working temple, this temple is dedicated to the spirit of dogs, and thus has some dog statuary around. The temple includes a museum of sorts, which includes a hodge-podge of artifacts.
Written December 2, 2016
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Ian D
Sydney, Australia26 contributions
Couples
A peaceful temple complex with shady gardens and a small but interesting museum. Cafes and restaurants close by too.
Written January 5, 2012
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john33t
15 contributions
A private free museum that is not in pristine condition but has interesting photos and displays. Make a donation.
Across the street is a foot bridge to the big Warorot market.
Written December 26, 2011
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Chuck B
Steilacoom, WA813 contributions
Friends
This curiosity on the grounds of a small wat is like entering an old antique shop thrown together without rhyme or reason. There are rusting old typewriters and sewing machines. Faded portraits of Thai royalty. Tapestries and textiles. And so much more. Though there are only a few small rooms one could spend hours sorting through the jumble seeking out treasures. It is very little known and visited. To get here, walk east on Tha Pae Rd., cross the bridge over the Ping, then turn left and follow the lane along the river. The signed wat is a few hundred meters along on the right.
Written October 29, 2019
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