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Khanon Temple

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)

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