Tham Chin 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 Chin - "Tham Chin RB0009
47P 583624 1500745 Khao Ngu, Ko Phlapphla Length: 25 m . Located at the southern end of the Khao Ngu range, 7 km west of Ratchaburi.This cave is below Tham Cham.
Discovered in 1966, Tham Chin contains two Buddha images executed in the Dvaravati style, later modified during the Ayutthaya period.) [….]" 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 Chin hermitage, TH.

General location of the Tham Chin hermitage, TH.
Lat 13.5709 Long 99.7693
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2013.

Google Map link:,%20TH)&ll=13.5709,99.7693&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Tham Chin 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 13.5709 Long 99.7693 - based on visual identification of the general Tham Chin 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 0700-32c 0733-66c 0767-99c 0800-32c 0833-66c 0867-99c 0900-32c 0933-66c 0967-99c 1000-32c 1033-66c 1067-99c 1100-32c 1133-66c 1167-99c 1200=>dated-ex

12. Date-intermediate

  • "Tham Chin contains two Buddha images executed in the Dvaravati style, later modified during the Ayutthaya period." Ellis (2012) [Ayutthaya period - 1351 to 1767 - tmc]

MBM chrono-tag 1200=> - tmciolek 02 Oct 2013

13. Date-late

  • [missing data]

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

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15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • [missing data]

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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