Wat Ket Karam Museum
Wat Ket Karam Museum
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lightfan
Sydney, Australia133 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
I visited Wat Ket Karam again and found it to be as charming as ever, even with renovations going on. If you like dogs you will love all the breeds [statues] that have been donated over the years and other creatures play their part here too. I have been into the museum a few times before and even met its founder, Jack Bains before he died. Hopefully the museum is being renovated as well as adjoining buildings, it's an unusual place and quite unique.
Written 16 November 2022
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farang31
Bangkok, Thailand83 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
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 5 November 2020
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Radix7
Sydney, Australia199 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
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 1 March 2020
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Chuck B
Steilacoom, WA813 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • 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 29 October 2019
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Dan Maarek
Tel Aviv, Israel15,902 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018
We were in Chiang Mai for 5 days last November for Yi Peng (Flying Lantern Festival) and Loy Krathong (Floating Lantern Festival), and we had planned a 3 day Temple circuit in the Old City.

We had pin pointed the most famous ones like Wat Chedi Luang Varavihara and Wat Phra Singh which are amazing.
We were at the end of our day, after visiting China Town (rather disappointing as I have reviewed here) when walking back along the river we happened to find this Temple.
It is definitely what can be called a hidden gem!
There were no tourists, which made it all the more beautiful.
It would have been a pity to miss it: I have attached several pictures, hoping to give kind of a feeling of this place..
I would recommend to go there especially, even as there many beautiful Temples in the Old City of Chiang Mai, still this one is in my top 10.
It is a nice, serene island of peace...worth definitely the detour and your time.

I would also recommend after it to have a well deserved Massage break (aromatic oil massage) to relax from this long day walk.Perfect break to continue strolling the evening in the Old City.
Written 11 October 2019
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Steve B
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam747 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Solo
Must say I learned about some of the modern history of Chiang Mai here thru an informative photo display in English and Thai. But with historical tapestries and sculptures, there is a lot of junk, like dusty cassette tapes or TVs from the 70’s. I also stepped on broken glass, especially bad as one must leaves one’s shines at the door.
Written 25 July 2019
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webme
Beckenham, UK1,359 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
At first glance you might think this place is nothing more than a dusty old junk shop but the longer you stay to explore the more interesting items you find. It's kind of a collection of anything old, including some historical gems.

Amongst the disintegrating text books, audio cassette tapes and typewriters you'll see Buddhist artefacts, 100 year old linen, photographs and stories of old Chiang Mai, and more.

The wat itself is also worth a look. Very quiet when we were there

Note: the location shown on TripAdvisor at the time of writing is completely wrong. This is licated just the other side of the walking bridge over the river on the east of the city. Look it up on Google maps.
Written 22 June 2019
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Valeriya P
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
Me and my husband like visiting Asian Wats, each one different with its own history and never repeating appearance. Wat Ket Karam was definitely a must see in our Chiangmai trip.
The architecture is very nice with lots of green trees, bushes and flowers near the temple. You can spend some time just to relax and watch it.
The museum itself has many interesting things for everyone who comes including unique pictures and things that monks used in past times.
Highly recommend this Wat with the museum for everyone who wants to learn more about northern Thai culture and Buddhism.
Written 15 May 2019
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blackeaglejim
Chiang Mai, Thailand289 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Solo
The oldest temple on the eastern bank of the Ping River, Wat Ket Karam was first established in 1428, when few people lived in the area. It became more important from the early 19th century, after the Burmese were expelled from the north and peace and development returned to Chiang Mai. It has been rebuilt several times and today features a beautiful viharn with a five-layered roof, the old chedi to its left, with smaller chedis at its corners, their surfaces covered in colored glass patterns. The abbot’s teakwood house stands just inside the compound entrance, with golden patterns on its dark walls and a large round mirror on the ground between the staircases.
To the right of the viharn, the abbot’s former residence, an old wooden building comprising several rooms, is the temple’s museum. It holds a fascinating range of artifacts, from traditional craft items to early 20th century machines, representative of the life of the Wat Ket community. Among the traditional antiques are house and temple furniture and decorative embellishments, bowls and baskets, drums, reed pipes and other musical instruments, looms and spinners, sarongs and brocades, religious sculptures and horned animal skulls. Besides a collection of old black and white photographs, tit also displays non-traditional items that were all considered modern three generations ago, like radios, electric fans, typewriters and gramophones.
Written 30 June 2018
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Raintree_Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand3,833 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
This is not a wat that is frequented by tours, but is worth a quick visit if in the area. The small wat itself is charming and neat, but the adjacent "museum" (more an eclectic collection of odds and ends) is what is most attractive. Nicely put together, although ageing and in need of maintenance.
Written 15 June 2018
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