The Wang Saen Suk Hell Garden

The Wang Saen Suk Hell Garden

The Wang Saen Suk Hell Garden
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anyamagic
Bangkok, Thailand1,737 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Family
There are 2 parts in this location. Hell and Heaven. To teach Buddhist to do good things and show how we get if do bad things.The place on each section has Thai and English explanations which were helpful. No entry fee.
Written March 7, 2021
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MyMp
Ivanteyevka, Russia46 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2011
Take some time and be sure to stroll through this garden. It is just an hour from Pattaya, towards Bangkok. I first became acquainted with the subject of specific punishments for specific sins in Bali and I am interested in this topic. And when I learned of the existence of such a place not far from my place of rest, I had no doubt - is worth seeing. Local visit this place with kids - it's fun and instructive.
A leisurely stroll through the garden takes you an hour and a half. In the garden are mini-scenes of punishment for sins. What awaits in hell bribe, the bureaucrat, an alcoholic - all shown very clearly. Of course, everyone has their own faith, but agree - than to suffer for the sins then, better not to do at all. In any case, even if not presented sculptures will drive you into deep thought, then amuse fairly.
Written May 27, 2011
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Domenik O
Hua Hin, Thailand17 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Friends
Free entry. Was there the second time. Looks like they are under construction because on my first visit About 1 year ago there where more bizzar statues to see
Written May 30, 2018
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513jilly1951
Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK44 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Solo
This is not for the feint hearted. It has quite scary and brightly painted statues of the things that could happen to you if you should end up in hell and have misbehaved.
Written March 24, 2017
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cinbkk
Bangkok, Thailand2,014 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Solo
The Hell garden in the Wat Wang Saen Suk showing the gruelling punishments in afterlife in (Buddhist) hell (with lots of English explanations), peaceful life in heaven, Thai proverbs and a whole set of Chinese gods.

My Thai friend told me that it scared the hell out of her when she was visiting as a kid.
Written February 29, 2016
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GPendrageon
Bangkok67 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Friends
They say that what you make on earth can be your heaven or hell. What if, according to the Buddhist Karmic belief that Heaven and Hell exists within the text of reality in the after life? They also say that what you do while here on earth is retributive in the afterlife seven fold. How would we want our afterlife to be?

The Wang Saen Suk Hell Garden, located in the province of Chonburi which is a almost 2 hour drive from the city of Bangkok on the way to Pattaya is one of the many Hell Gardens in Thailand that serves not only as a monastery but also a place of education for the young by their parents on how to live a proper Buddhist life and to be good people. How effective this will be is yet to be seen! This particular garden though run down in many ways is still worth a visit for those curious enough to explore the Buddhist Karmic reincarnations and also for those who like a touch of the morbid!

There are not many visitors to this place but on weekends it is frequented by the locals and their families who drop by for a breath of fresh air and to have family picnics in the garden grounds. The Wang Saen Suk Hell Garden is divided into two sections. The first, which is the main entrance is the Heaven part of the garden. Here you will see predominantly the famous deities from the Heaven Kingdom and known Chinese scholars. One peculiarity of this place is that the inclination is more on the Chinese Buddhist mythology which is a little different from the Hindu Buddhist beliefs. Their deities consists of the Goddess Kuan Yin and the warrior god Kuan Tai Kung and his three friends. The rows of heavenly deities occupy the left side of the walkway on the way to the monastery. Unfortunately the more than life sized cement statues are rather poorly maintained and could do with a fresh coat of paint to spruce them up.

At the end of the row of statues on the right side, you will find a shrine and a man made lake. You can do some merit here by feeding the tortoises and fish in the lake. In Buddhist belief, feeding these creatures are a form of charity and it helps toward off bad luck and atone for your minor sins. You can buy fish food and fresh bunches of vegetables to feed the fish and tortoises here which are very accustomed to charitable passerby's who will feed them. These little delicacies for them just cost a mere THB20 for a bag or a bunch. You can also donate some alms for the maintenance of the monastery grounds as they do not charge an entrance fee to come in and visit.

Your first taste of Hell will be just around the corner from the shrine and monastery! Starting with a pool that depicts a small collection of heavenly and hellish demons in a confrontation is the first inclination of the afterlife. As you walk further in, the statues on the left show a collection of demi demons and demonettes, some of which are half beasts and half men or women. These are the guardians of the afterlife according to Buddhist belief. On the right side are real life instances where various wrong-doings are depicted such as telling tales, office politics and lying just to name a few. Then you come to Hell's door!

In this life-sized diorama, a deceased couple is brought before the God of the Underworld by the demons who collect souls of the departed. Made to kneel in front of the Underworld God, all their merits and wrong doings are read before them. If their sins are not severe, then they will go through a minor purification process before the next cycle of reincarnation. If their sins are severe, they will have to spend an untold amount of time in the bowels of Hell before they are pardoned and allowed to go into the next stage of reincarnation.

The images of Hell in this section is not for the squeamish as some of the depictions can be rather gory and bloody even if it is not real! After the judgement scene is a place where all sinful souls are brought to be tortured. Each person will be tortured brutally in accordance with their sins. The first is a big cauldron of boiling oil where all the naked sinners are brought before Mother and Father Demon who presides over the domain of Hell with their minions. They are then thrown unceremoniously into the boiling oil until their skins come off and then the whole process is repeated again and again every time their skin is regenerated. Oh yes! In Hell you get to regenerate so that you can undergo the torture repeatedly! Sinister isn't it?

Then comes all the other forms of torture from having to climb spiked trees, to being sawn in half, have your tongue ripped off for telling lies and your insides spiked for committing abortions. You name it they have every imaginable form of torture for every sin you have committed. We do not know how long is the time you will have to spend your time in this brutal Hell but it will make you think twice about committing these sins in this life time. However, there is still light at the end of the tunnel. At the end of your term in Hell, you are brought before the Buddha who will ask you if you have repented of your sins and learnt your lesson. If He is satisfied with your answer, then you go on to the next stage to be reincarnated. You could come back in any form of reincarnation in the next life depending on your status and severity of your past sins. It does not mean you will be reincarnated as a human being but maybe as a lesser creature such as an insect or a dog or some other creature! So beware of how much you may have sinned in this lifetime!

The Wang Saen suk Hell Garden has many versions throughout Thailand but they all more or less agree on one thing, that the Buddhist believe in a Heaven, Hell and Reincarnation. What we do in this life is Karma in retribution in the next!
Written March 17, 2015
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matthewboop
San Francisco, CA5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 • Couples
It's not for everyone, but if you can make the day trip or book a night near Bangsaen (Baan Term Fun Hotel is cheap, clean, and modern), do it. You won't find anything like this anywhere else in the world, and while it's not a "beautiful" temple, it certainly has a pull all its own.

On the other hand, I have to acknowledge it's somewhat rundown. You can tell some statues have been built or painted more recently, while the plaster has cracked and broken on a few. Most are in decent condition, though. Each statue is accompanied by a description of the sin associated with that punishment.

In any case, if you're open to something a little off the beaten path and a little outside the usual sights, you should make time for Hell Garden.
Written December 3, 2013
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nickybees
Ipoh, Malaysia57 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2011 • Friends
I live just down the road from here and take all my visitors. it is very different to anything i have seen in Thaiand, it is gruesome and so not what you expect in this calm and friendly country. there are a lot of English translations. it is all about what happens when you sin. I have often seen children there but prob would not take under teenagers. it is run on donations, a bit run down but worth the walk. there is a little shop that sells your year of ... necklaces , the lady will look up your dates and they are cheaper than anywhere i have seen. also the biggest turtles i have ever seen and you can feed them greeney. they share a lake with huge cat fish. take your camera.
Written December 11, 2011
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cortez48
australia334 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Friends
We always like to explore the temples & wats of thailand everytime we visit an area. But this one is by far the scariest & weirdest ive ever seen. As you arrive it looks like most wats you follow a pathway that has beautiful brightly coloured statues adorned with flowers. We payed our respects & took a blessing from the monk. Then.......you see it!!!!....these two enormous concrete statues of a man & women at least 4 to 5 stories high. They have very long tongues that are falling out of their mouths, they are scary. In a circle around them are statues of many figurines with animal heads. As you wonder around the garden it is scattered with statues of buddist beliefs of what may happen to you if you commit unforbidden actions during your lifetime. These statues are confronting & may scare children. I personally was godsmacked & facinated all at the same time.
Elsewhere in the Wat theres a large lake full to the brim with cat fish, you can buy bread rolls & popcorn for around 20baht to feed them. There are the usual stalls selling cheap souvenirs, hats & drinks. As you wonder further there are some very unusual statues of super heroes & the gang from monkey the much loved tv show. Its true see m y pictures or go see for yourself!
As we were leaving there is a giant buddha with a well rubbed belly button where you can insert coins.
Im really glad we found it & visited this Wat, its not for everyone but i found it fascinating.
Written October 17, 2018
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Roman J
Bangkok, Thailand387 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
We went to see this temple as we anyway stayed overnight in Bangsaen. A weird place with rather amateurish sculptures about all kind of sin and hell. No great artwork but worth to visit in case you are close by. Don't miss the strange shrine with Superman and other fantasy movie characters.
Written July 21, 2018
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