Wat Muay Tor
Wat Muay Tor Wat Muay Tor is located on Address 21, Padung Muay Tor road, Tambon Jong Kham, Amphoe Muang, Mae Hong Son. The temple is under Maha Nikaya Buddhist Sect. Wat Muay Tor means the temple of chedi. It was built in 1923 by Chao Nang Mier, the governor of Mae Hong Son during that time. She constructed a Thai Yai-style sermon hall. Those Buddhist citizens altogether built 6 pagodas. The name of the temple came from its first abbot, who moved from Wat Muay Tor, Amphoe Mok Mai, Chan State, Myanmar. The name “Muay Tor” was therefore employed here. Local people have called the temple “Jong Muay Tor” until nowadays. In 1923, Wat Muay Tor was registered as the legal temple. Later in 1955, the temple had considerably dilapidated, the monk named “Phra Ratcha Veerakorn” (the temple abbot, and a monk dean of Mae Hong Son) therefore built a new Thai Yai-style sermon hall. The building has been used up until now. Wat Muay Tor consists of Phra Ubosot, sermon hall, monk dwellings, cremation pavilion, large kitchen, Visung Khamsema area (40 meters wide, 80 meters long), and sacred items, such as the brass principle Buddha image in Phra Ubosot, and the bronze one in the sermon hall, which was in Burmese artistic style. The temple also has a Buddha Statue in Chiang Saen style called “Sing Neung-Sing Sam”, 2 pairs of engraved ivory with the Buddha patterns, a castle-style platform with a sharp top, a bell-shaped chedi and a giant bell. Moreover, the area locates the Provincial Office of Buddhism of Mae Hong Son, the building for aged people as well. There are 6 monks, 42 novices, and 1 layman here. The important items in the temple are the principle Buddha image in Phra Ubosot, and the one in the sermon hall, a Buddha Statue in Chiang Saen style called “Sing Neung-Sing Sam”, 2 pairs of engraved ivory with the Buddha patterns, a castle-style platform with a sharp top, a bell-shaped chedi, and a giant bell, which have details as the followings; 1.The principle Buddha image in Phra Ubosot: a brass Buddha statue from Myanmar in 1923 2.The principle Buddha image in the sermon hall: a bronze Buddha statue with Burmese artistic style. 3.The Buddha Statue called “Sing Neung-Sing Sam”: Located in front of the Buddha image in the sermon hall. On the right side, the “Sing Neung” is situated, the left enshrined the “Sing Song”, and the “Sing Sam” Buddha image is located above the Principle Buddha image in the sermon hall. 4.2 Pairs of Engraved Ivory in Lord Buddha patterns: Located in the sermon hall, brought from Myanmar in 1923. 5.A Castle-Style Platform with a Sharp Top, a Bell-shaped Chedi, and a Giant Bell: All have already dilapidated. Moreover, the temple also holds many cultural events, such as “Tang Som Tor Loang” Tradition (Khaw Matu Payat [or rice porridge] offering to the monks). Wat Muay Tor has held many festivals, such as Buddhist Lent event, the End of Buddhist Lent event, Songkran festival, and the “Han-Som-Ko-Ja” festival, etc.