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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Wat Tham Khuhasawan, Luang Poo Khamkhaning

The compound of  Wat Tham Khuhasawan stand on the bluff overlooking Khong Chiam town in Ubon Ratchatani. Many spendid buildings, hedis and shrines to include a huge white Ubosot stand on the property.
The real gem at the temple is Luang Poo Khamkhaning who lies in state in glass coffin intact since his death in 1985at the age of 91.
He spent time when a child as a novice before becoming a recluse for 15 years. He was so respected that the King of Laos patronized his ordination into Buddhist monkhood.
He traveled the caves and quiet places of the region, supported by laypeople in the area. As a Buddhist monk he lived on the alms given him daily by the local villagers in remote areas of the region.
He is reported to have spent time at many of the caves in the Ubon area to include a 7 kilometer cave which now can be seen at Wat Tham Patihan.