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Photography - Mae Nak Phra Khanong - Wat Mahabut 004

Legend Of Mae Nak Phra Khanong :

One thing you need to know about Thai culture is that Thais take ghosts very seriously. And in this nation of haunted places and ghost stories, none is more famous than the legend of Mae Nak Phra Khanong.

According to the story, Mae Nak Phra Khanong was a beautiful woman with a deep, undying love for her husband, Mak. Mak was sent to war while Mae Nak was pregnant, not knowing he would never see his love again—at least, while she was still alive.

Mae Nak and her unborn child perished during birth. But her husband did not realize what had happened after he returned from the war, as both his wife and child were still there waiting for him. Neighbors tried to warn him it was really their ghosts still lingering within the home, but Mae Nak ensured their attempts were thwarted.

However, Mak eventually realized he’d been living among the ghosts of his dead family. He fled to Wat Mahabut, where the spirit of his lost lover could not reach him. Mae Nak terrorized the town in her anger and grief before being captured by an exorcist and contained in a jar. She eventually escaped but was again captured.

Today, a shrine within the temple honors this storied ghost bride and her tragic tale. People seeking refuge from the bustle of Bangkok’s streets come to leave offerings at the shrine, as well as to release fish and turtles into the river.

Wat Mahabut :

Wat Mahabut one of the 887 temples in Bangkok, is located in Phra Khanong in eastern Bangkok. In 1762, five years before the fall of Ayutthaya, a monk visited the villagers in Phra Khanong. As the village didn’t have a temple, the villagers invited the monk to stay. They built a temple and named it after him. The monk’s name was Phra Mahabut.

More photos of Wat Mahabut here.

Our group trip photos in Instagram.

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