It is located on the Mae Klong River, Soi Fa Sub-district, Photharam District, Ratchaburi Province. Area about 55 rai (Thai unit of measure). Khanon Temple was built when there was no clear evidence. but if the age is determined from the stone semas located around the Chapel. There is an inscription in the year 2327 (Thai Calender) which corresponds to the reign of King Buddha Yodfa Chulalok the Great. Presumably Khanon Temple was built
around 230 years ago.
The word "Khanon" means the location of the Royal tax checkpoint. The villagers called that place Dan Khanon. Due to the duty of collecting farm tax, forest tax and various taxes that are traded along the Mae Klong River. When King PraBuddha Yodfa Chulalok the Great His Majesty the King appoint government officials from capital comes to checkpoint Khanon. making contact between the capital and the city of Ratchaburi. Khanon Temple is known to the general public. Later in the reign of King Chulalongkorn. This Kanon checkpoint was canceled, leaving only the temple. Therefore, the villagers still called it by old name. " Khanon Temple " is the name that use until present day.
Khanon Temple is one of the most important temples
in Thailand. Organized as a temple that preserves the
arts and culture of performances. won Listed by UNESCO
as a heritage world culture of the Asia-Pacific region
when June 2007 and June 8 2007, the committee UNESCO
experts declared "the succession and restoration of
Puppet show Khanon Temple" has been honored as one
of 6 outstanding communities of the world with works in
the conservation and restoration of abstract cultural heritage
(The safeguarding of Intagible Cultural Heritage : ICH)