New Excursion in Bangkok - Klong Canal Boat trip and market visit

New Excursion in Bangkok - Klong Canal Boat trip and visit the tempel of Mae Nak Phra Khanong

The highlight of the canal trip is a visit to the Mae Nak Phra Khanong shrine situated in the grounds of Wat Mahabut. This shrine has a rich story connected to it with events dating back over 100 years.

According to tradition, the events occurred during the reign of King Mongkut. The story is about a beautiful young woman named Nak, who lived by Phra Khanong canal in Bangkok, and her undying love for her husband, Mak

That night, Mak says he has to go downstairss to urinate. He then runs away into the night.
Discovering her husband has fled, Nak pursues him. Mak sees her and conceales himself behind a Blumea balsamifera (Nat; หนาด) bush.[1] According to folklore, ghosts are afraid of the sticky Blumea leaves. Mak then runs to Wat Mahabut temple, which a ghost cannot enter, as it is holy ground.

In her grief, Nak terrorizes the people of Phra Khanong, furious at them for causing Mak to leave her. However, Nak's ghost is captured by a powerful exorcist.Confining her in an earthen jar, he throws it into the canal.

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With Nak pregnant, Mak is conscripted and sent to war (in some versions of the story the war is against the Shan tribe, while others are not specific), where he is seriously wounded.

While he is being nursed back to health in Bangkok, Nak and their child both die during a difficult childbirth.

When Mak returns home, however, he finds his loving wife and child waiting for him. Neighbors who try to warn him that he is living with a ghost are all killed.

One day, as Nak is preparing nam phrik, she drops a lime off of the porch. In her haste, she stretches her arm to pick it up from the ground below. Mak sees it and at lasts realizes his wife is a ghost.

Terrified, he tries to find a way to flee without alarming her.

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There are differing versions of the rest of the story. In one, an old couple new to Phra Khanong finds the jar while fishing; in another two fishermen dredge up the jar.

Nak is freed when they opened it.
Nak is conquered again by the venerable monk Somdet Phra Phutthachan (To Phrommarangsi).

The learned monk confines her spirit in the bone of her forehead and binds it in his waistband.

Legend says the waistband is currently in the possession of the royal family.

Admiral Aphakonkiattiwong, the Prince of Chumphon, also claimed to have had the relic.

In alternative version, the monk assured Nak that in a future life she would be reunited with her beloved husband, and thus she voluntarily departed for the afterlife.

Mae Nak's story is still very popular because her undying devotion to her husband inspires people of all ages.

A shrine dedicated to Mae Nak is at Wat Mahabut. In 1997, the shrine relocated to nearby Suan Luang (Prakhanong) district of modern Bangkok.

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New Excursion in Bangkok - Klong Canal Boat trip and visit the tempel of Mae Nak Phra Khanong
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