Wat Kiri Wongkaram is a beautiful white temple that features some amazing artwork and unique architecture. The temple’s roof is made of tiles of red, green and yellow and at the entrance, you will notice a small Buddha statue in a sitting position.
Just like other wats in Koh Samui, Wat Kiri Wongkaram features a quaint and peaceful setting.
Wat Kiri Wongkaram Temple, Koh Samui
The wat is easily accessed from the main ring road in Koh Samui and is only a short 3.5 kilometres from the 4169 ring road.
Wat Kiri Wongkaram is also famous for the renowned mummified monk Loung Por Ruam. Visitors can view the body which is kept inside a glass case, sitting in the same position for the past 25 years. Surprisingly, his body is still in remarkably good condition.
When you take the 4170 road south from Ban Saket, you will come across the beautiful elephant gate. You need to drive a further kilometre along this road to reach this wat.
Visitors can learn more about the life of the mummified monk while visiting here, as there is an English illustration about this Buddhist monk at the temple. Visitors can learn more about this monk’s life, Buddhism practices and subsequent death.
Wat Kiri Wongkaram’s charming architecture and sculptures are set upon a peaceful setting with a scenic backdrop. Visitors to the wat will come across a number of other old buildings in the temple grounds and you can take a free tour across some of these houses.
The area boasts scenic pathways, lush greenery and beautiful homes. Photographers will love capturing some unique photos at this traditional cultural site.