Wat Kham Chanot

Wat Kham Chanot is located in Ban Dung district, Udon Thani province. Its name is derived from the name of chanot tree (taraw palm) which, as the local assure, can be found only in that location.

Kam Chanod is believed to be an abode of ghosts as spirits, which is the subject of the 2007 Thai movie Pee chang nang (The Screen / The Screen at Kamchanod).

The wat is surrounded by the water where presumably the great Naga (serpent or dragon) dwells. The sacred water from the Naga spring is used for ablution.

Thais come to this place to pray to buddhas, nagas and spirits and ask them for good luck and prosperity. They also pay respect to chanot trees by adorning them with colorful strips of cloth, touching and rubbing them. Some look for the signs resembling numbers on the bark which they then use for playing lottery.


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