The Wat Bang Phra temple is well-known for administering holy tattoos or Sak Yants. Choose from the Khao Yod (9 Spires Yant), a sacred tattoo with powers to protect and bring you luck, or Hah Taew Yant, with 5 lines each carrying a different meaning.
What to Expect
Wat Bang Phra is a Buddhist monastery, approximately 50 kilometers west of Bangkok. The temple is known for its daily tattoos, or Sak Yant, given by the local monks. This tradition of tattooing dates back hundreds of years.
The Gao Yord Yant or 9 Spires Yant is a sacred tattoo, believed to protect and bring good luck to the bearer. This has a similar meaning to another Sak Yant design, the Hah Taew Yant.
The Gao Yord Yant is usually tattooed on the nape of the neck. The 9 Spires Yant is a geometric design and represents the 9 Sacred Peaks of Mount Meru. It contains 9 symbolic images of Buddha, demonstrating how important the number 9 is in Buddhism.
Thanks to celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, the Hah Taew Yant is certainly the best known in the West. The Brahmin master who tattooed Jolie, Ajarn Noo Ganpai, has become quite the celebrity himself. Each of the 5 lines of the Hah Taew Yant can carry a different meaning, bringing various benefits depending on the Sak Yant Master and the wishes of the recipient. The Hah Taew Yant is not just a pretty design but considered a powerful and sacred blessing. To receive its full powers, the Yant should only be given by a Buddhist Monk or a Brahmin Priest.
- Tattoo fee
- Wai Kru set (flower, incense stick and candle)