Wat Ket Community
Wat Ket Community Wat Ket community is a local historic community, full of people from various nationalities, Chinese traders, western missionaries, and native people. It is located on the east side of Mae Ping river. The community’s diverse culture is reflected through international architecture which has still remained till nowadays. Inside, Wat Ketkaram stands in the center of each community. Formerly, before the train has been used as transportation here, Wat Ket used to be the important boat landing along the river way from Rattanakosin (Bangkok) to Chiangmai and other Southern cities. Later, in B.E. 2339, after Chiangmai has become Rattanakosin’s colony, people began to take house construction more seriously. Wat Ket has therefore grown more economically significant since then.At present, Wat Ket has preserved collection of the community’s historical evidences at Wat Ket museum within Watketkaram area. It displays the temple’s ancient valuable assets, such as chofa (gable apex), bairaka (toothlike ridges on the sloping edges of a gable)which was the carved wood inherited from the former Ubosot (Buddhist sanctuary), teacups, and crockeries. Wat Ket museum is open every day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please contact 0 5324 8604 or 0 5324 8607.Nowadays, this community is regarded as the center of glorious diverse culture, architecture, and religion from ancient times to modern days. Tourists can appreciate multinational culture from the splendid houses along two sides of the road, for example, Baan Orapin, Baan Sri Sao Hok Sao, Baan Ta Chaat. All the way, we can see many restaurants, and souvenir shops. Travellers can also drop by to taste Thai famous traditional desserts as they like, such as khaokrieppakmo (steamed rice-skin dumplings), sakhu sai mu (tapioca balls with pork filling)in Uncle Jorn’s style, and kanom tarn (Thai sugarpalm cake) of Khempetch family’s recipe.