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The Viharn at Monkey Temple

Beautiful Viharn (temple hall) at Wat Tham Pla

The beautiful and unusual viharn at Wat Tham Pla (Monkey Temple), Chiang Rai Province. This is a popular meditation retreat though the peace is often disturbed by monkeys clattering over the sheet metal roof. The temple gets its Thai name from the shape of a nearby cave rather than the monkeys that are the main tourist attraction.

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