The temple museum at Kasemsima was a real find, though we didn’t find it ourselves. A Phana friend who lives and works in Trakan Phutphon (Ubon Ratchathani Province) took us there.
The temple-museum is located in the village of Kasemsima Muang Gow, in Tambon Kasem, Amphur Trakan Phutphon, Changwat Ubon Ratchanthani. From Trakan, drive 3 kms north-east on route 2050 towards Khemmarat, then fork left towards Kut Khao Pun. Drive through Ban Kasemsima, cross the small river and turn right into Ban Kasmsima Muang Gow.
The wat itself is very modest. The kutis are old and wooden like this group of three:
The ubosot is very old, faded, almost neglected in appearance. Yet it is also very unusual. Despite the name of the village, this ubosot has no sima or boundary marker-stones. When I mentioned this to the abbot he said they had ‘disappeared’ many years ago. I said that presumably the luk nimit were still in place, but he surprised me by saying that this was a Lao temple and the custom of burying luk nimit was Thai. The temple was founded in BE 2291 (1748) so it is old but not as old as Wat Phra Lao Thepnimit in Phana.
But it is the museum that people come to see and that is housed in a magnificent new purpose-built building.
Some of the exhibits in this excellent museum will appear in a slideshow in the next post.