Wat Bang Khae Noi “7-piece teak church” Samut Songkhram Wat Bang Khae Noi in Samut Songkhram Thailand.
During my road trip down to the South of Thailand in December 2018, I stopped at Samut Songkhram, not only for the maeklong railway market but to visit some of it’s original Wats. Of which there are many!
Wat Bang Khae Noi is located in Tambon Khwae Om by the Mae Klong River.
This temple was built by Khunying Chui (Noi) Wongsarot in 1868. Initially, the Ubosot (ordination hall) was built on the bamboo raft tied to a Bodhi tree on the river bank. At present, the temple is well restored. The most interesting thing is the ordination hall’s inside walls which are woodcarvings in Teak depicting the Lord Buddha’s history, birth, enlightenment, and nirvana, as well as stories of the Lord Buddha’s Ten Incarnations or Jatakas.
The beautiful and explicit design was made by craftsmen from Phetchaburi province where woodcarving is famous for this style of work.