WHERE TO GET A SAK YANT TATTOO IN THAILAND
Details of Wat Bang Phra, Sak Yant Chiang Mai and Ajarns around Thailand
Where to Get a Sak Yant Tattoo in Thailand
Where to get a Sak Yant Tattoo in Thailand. Details of Wat Bang Phra (Bangkok) and Sak Yant Chiang Mai for Bamboo Tattoos. The traditional Sak Yant Tattoo is an amazing way to experience the deeper spiritual aspects of Thailand's culture. For many people the fascination starts months and sometimes years before hand, and getting a Sak Yant in Thailand is one of the most important aspects of their holiday to Thailand. Until now, the only option has been to go to 50 kilometers out of Bangkok to Wat Bang Phra early in the morning and wait in a line with 20 to 50 other people.
See the bottom of the page for an Ajarn and Temple List for Sak Yants Around Thailand.
Where to get a Sak Yant Tattoo in Thailand
Wat Bang Phra (Bangkok)
Wat Bang Phra just 50 km out of Bangkok is famous for it's daily mass Sak Yant Tattooing. Generally you will arrive around 8am and buy your offering, then sit and wait with other people. Men and women are divided into two groups, the Men get their Sak Yant from a Monk, while the women are usually sent to an Ajarn. The Sak Yants are done in groups of about 20 people. When the previous group is complete, the monk blesses the next batch of offerings observed to be between 18 and 30. Sometimes at busy times the day can end without you having an opportunity to see a Monk.
Many of the blog posts you will find on the internet are from people who went to Wat Bang Phra. It is from these sources of information you will be warned about the unhygienic repetitive use of the same needles, ink that contains snake venom and charcoal, No choice of Sak Yant Design (The Monks Choose) and other such practices that tend to occur when you are part of a mass group with limited time. By being prepared you can avoid most of these concerns.
Wat Bang Phra is a globally recognize institution, with many Ajarns crediting their start to the Temple. Wat Bang Phra holds yearly the Wai Kru ceremony where thousands of Thais go to get their Sak Yant Re-blessed; (often being possessed by the animal spirits of the Sak Yant). Wat Bang Phra is the number one choice of many Thai's and tourists alike in the Bangkok area
Wat Bang Phra is the central icon of the Sak Yant world, and while they have not modernized to meet the hygiene standards of the western world, it remains the most popular and well known Sak Yant facility in the world
Wat Bang Phra Location
Sak Yant Chiang Mai
For those people who want a more imitate Sak Yant Experience, where hygiene standards are similar to those found in the West; then Chiang Mai, Thailand is the place to go. Sak Yant Chiang Mai is a co-op of many local Monks and Ajarns, coming together to provide guests with knowledge and awareness of what they are doing before getting a Sak Yant.
One Chiang Mai Local (Khun Nana) has been quietly providing the opportunity for people to get a Traditional Thai Bamboo Tattoo (Sak Yant) since 2015. Nana's Sak Yant Tattoo Tour experience is a small private tour where one or two people at a time are taken to local Thai Temples, with real Monks to get a Thai Bamboo Tattoo. In November 2016 she opened a small shop in Chiang Mai's old city where visiting Monks and Ajarns perform the Sak Yant Tattoo and Blessing in a private and intimate setting. Nana has gone out of her way to ensure all the Monks and Ajarns she takes guests to, use new needles for every Sak Yant Tattoo and provide excellent artistic detail.
At Sak Yant Chiang Mai, you can book a time online, either a Tour to a remote Temple Monk or one of the visiting Monks or Ajarns who work from a Samnak (scared Sak Yant Room) from an location in Chiang Mai's old city. The experience is an intimate one on one with a guide who asks you the reason you want a Sak Yant, shows you designs that suit that specific purpose, translate this to the Monk who can then create an individual Sak Yant that is chosen by you. Your Sak Yant is individually blessed, and the staff ensure you have photos to remember your experience.
Sak Yant Chiang Mai Location
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