Tham Cham hermitage, (near) Ratchaburi, Ratchaburi, TH

Raw data

"Ratchaburi […] a glorious town during the Dvaravati period, is located on the bank of the Mae Klong River. […] It is located 80 kilometres west of Bangkok and borders on Myanmar to the west having the Tanaosi Range as a borderline. […]"

"The earliest known use of caves by Buddhists in Thailand dates back to at least the 6th to 7th centuries A.D. with Roesi, Fa Tho, Chin and Cham caves on Khao Ngu mountain, and Narai cave in Phra Puttha Bat district (Munier 1998:34)." (cited in Sponsel 2009).

Tham Cham -"Tham Cham RB0010
47P 583615 1500745 Khao Ngu, Ko Phlapphla Length: 35 m
Located at the southern end of the Khao Ngu range, 7 km west of Ratchaburi. Tham Cham is above Tham Chin.
Discovered in 1966, the cave is 20 m high and profusely ornamented with stucco work and paved with brick. The decorations consist of a scene of the Great Miracle of Sravasti on the north wall, the Parinirvana scene on the west wall and an unidentified scene on the right of the side entrance. […]" Ellis (2012)
Input by: tmciolek Oct 01 2013

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 02 Oct 2013

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 200 m from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Tham Cham hermitage, TH.

General location of the Tham Cham hermitage, TH.
Lat 13.5711 Long 99.7693
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2013.

Google Map link:,%20TH)&ll=13.5711,99.7693&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Tham Cham hermitage

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • Thailand:Changwat Ratchaburi

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

  • [missing data]

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 13.5711 Long 99.7693 - based on visual identification of the general Tham Cham site in maps/satellite imagery , - tmciolek, 02 Oct 2013.

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

6. Modern name of the known nearest city, town, or village

7. The settlement's alternative/historical names

8. The settlement's coordinates

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

  • Theravada?

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

  • [missing data]

11. Date-early

  • The cave was in use at least in the 6th to 7th centuries A.D, if not earlier (Munier 1998:34, cited in Sponsel 2009)

MBM chrono-tag 0500-32p 0533-66p 0567-99p 0600-32p 0633-66p 0667-99p - tmciolek 02 Oct 2013
0500-32p 0533-66p 0567-99p 0600-32p 0633-66p 0667-99p dated-e

12. Date-intermediate

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13. Date-late

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14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

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15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

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16. Additional notes

  • [missing data] (incl. details of the size of the monastic population)

17. Corrections & addenda to this page were kindly provided by

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18. Known monks and nuns associated with this monastery

19. Available Printed Literature

  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 1]
  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 2]
  • [bibliographical details of the Book/Article 3]

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