Wat Tham Ta Pan Temple, Phang Nga

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  • In our way from Ao nang to Phang Nga we found "Wat Tham Ta Pan" monastery. Wat Tham Ta Pan is one of the most weird temples in Thailand. It's Located in Phang Nga (100 km from Phuket). It is a kind.....  more »
  • Love this place, brings you back to reality, for the none Buddhist could be rather daunting, but understanding 'bardo' and how you should live a humble life to avoid it at it's worst.... Well, then...  more »
  • Visited this place with my girlfriend without really knowing what awaited us. She had been kinda creeped out as soon as we arrived. It’s really abandoned except for few monks living there. It shows.....  more »
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  • Very unique and somewhat macabre, but definitely not something i have seen anywhere before. Very peaceful setting but definitely thought provoking.
  • A very beautiful place with a lot of amazing sculptures. A lot to see and do to. Just be careful with your kids. Some of these sculptures show very brutal scenes.
  • A must see. This place is F'd-up. For the weird and wonderful alike
  • A breakdown of heaven & hell (thai Style) Very cool to see
  • After being in Thailand for years ( legitimately I may add) I decided to go to Tham Ta Pan Temple ( Buddhist Heaven an Hell ). Firstly the temple is spelled three different ways on various signs throughout the temple so if you use the spelling above you will always be able to locate it on your smart phone. The temple is quite close to the immigration office in PhangNga so while in the area be sure to stop by. After reading many other reviews of fellow google guides and posts on trip advisor I felt compelled to give my comments. Upon arriving at the temple I was pleasantly surprised, I mean I heard about this temple many times and mixed emotions from people that went there. The online pictures available do not give the place justice. I heard the place called dingy, gross, poorly maintained, a waste of time, don’t bring your precious children... etc. Grow up Negative Nannies. The place is awesome. The statues reflect truly how Thai people perceive heaven and hell. Ya hell is bad, what did you expect, little Red Devils and statues of people who look sad gazing into the heavens and praying for a second chance. I personally loved just walking around and looking at the expressions of the (what I call) “culture prudes” walking around with flagrantly disgusted looks on their face as if saying “In my country we would never show something like this”. It’s hilarious. The hell portion is a poignant reminder to Thai people that if you are bad this what could happen to you. Ya it’s not pretty so be good. Heaven- well it’s just “sugar drops and candy canes” looks exotically beautiful. I liked the dragon entrance and tunnel (which makes up the body and tail of the dragon) and delivers you to the cave entrance left and hell to your right. For tall foreigners like myself “ watch your head” through the tunnel :) In short I would say that a trip to this temple is well worth the entrance fee ( there isn’t any) and it is a great way to jump into the heads of the Thai people, their amazing culture and beliefs. For the “ culture prudes” best you stay away or stay on your bulk charter bus as god forbid you become emotionally disturbed or disturb others with your miserable faces and shallow minded culture shock. Oh and by the way, on my day there was many local children there having fun and smiling. Maybe the temple is a bit much for toddlers and younger children but I can think of a few pre teen kids I know that could use a little shock here and there to sort them out... but then again it’s a parental thing isn’t it? Telling it straight in Thailand Cheers

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