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“Charm and piety”

Wat Ket Karam Museum
Reviewed April 10, 2013

Wat Ket is a delightful oasis of quiet and idiosyncratic charm. It lacks the bustle and the often ostentatious character of the main temples in the inner city.There is real sense of piety, and buddhist or not, the peaceful atmosphere invites one to share the respect of the worshippers.

The buildings are outstanding - a venerable 500 year old, stupa, a small and beautifully restored ordination hall and a charming teakwood house.The bas reliefs are both original and of a very high standard. Being founded in the Chinese year of the dog this is the overall theme of the temple with plaster dogs of every conceivable breed dotted around. A word of warning - there are many live dogs in the temple which are perfectly well behaved and quiet during the day but not not so friendly after dark.

The museum, founded by the thai/scottish son of an early 20th century trader (his ancestors still live in the area) is an unusual and pleasantly quirky find in the temple and is well worth a quarter hour's time

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Reviewed October 25, 2012

We were just wandering in the area and decided to enter this great temple complex. The grounds were very beautiful with lots of beautiful plantings (I especially loved all the giant staghorn ferns). There was a very old stupa with nicely carved and painted stone window frames. It also had beautifully painted gold and red doors with very different and ornate Nagas in front. The museum was so interesting. Definitely an eclectic collection of items from the Colonial period in Chiang Mai. Definitely worth a visit as it is very different from other Wats in the area, yet not crowded, even during the Flower Festival.

Thank Toni S
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Reviewed July 30, 2012

This is a very visually-packed place. It's a patron chedi of the dog, so you will see a lot of dog figurines everywhere. The temple itself has some interesting carvings, with reflective-glass mosaic patterns in animal shapes on the outside.

The museum is amazing, with a hodge-podge of items from ancient to near-modern - mammoth bones, a pictorial tribute to Princess Sirindhorn, fabric and clothing items, porcelain sets, radios of all ages, and more ... there are 4-5 good sized rooms, with a storage go-down housing some large drums and bicycle carts .. also, lovely paintings along the ceiling.

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Reviewed May 30, 2012

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.

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Reviewed January 18, 2012

I wandered there without expectation and found the place to be more interesting than expected. There's a small and unique kind of museum there. It's in an old wooden one-storey building. The museum exhibits old stuffs from the daily-living in Chiangmai. The best part is the photo gallery of old-time Chiangmai. Give a nice walk there and around. About an hour will do.

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