Wat Kiri Wongkaram houses the second of Samui's famous mummified monks. Whilst still interesting, the presentation and surroundings are not nearly as good as that of Wat Khunaram, the temple for Samui's other mummified monk. This monk was called Luang Pho Poo Rerm, was abbot of the temple for 30 years and died in 1976. His body does not appear in quite as good a condition as the other monk although as the glass case which holds his body is largely covered with gold leaf applied by worshippers, it is not easy to see much of the body. As this temple is not visited nowhere nearly as often as Wat Khunaram, a monk will still come to the room with the mummified body and give you a personal blessing in return for a small donation to the temple. There are a number of other old looking buildings in the temple grounds but we were short of time and did not go inside them.
The temple is in the south-west of the island in the Ban Taling Ngam area, a kilometre or so off the main 4170 round island road. Surprisingly, it is quite easy to find as when travelling on the 4170 in that area just look for the Elephant Gate. These are a pair of massive concrete painted elephants on plinths forming the base of an arch at the entrance of the road leading down to the temple. Unless you are particularly sleepy it is very difficult to miss the Elephant Gate! Also, they are marked on the bigger Samui maps. Anyway, when you see the Elephant Gate, turn off the 4170 and down the road that goes under the gate in the direction of the sea. About a kilometre or so further down you will see the temple on the right hand side.
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