Tham Narai [monastery?], (near) Saraburi, Saraburi, TH

Raw data

"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).

"NARAI CAVE - Neighborhoods: Phra Phutthabat Address: Saraburi 4009 Rural Rd., Phra Phutthabat, Saraburi"

"Name - Tham Narai Inscription (S.B. 1)  (Thai version)
Script - pallava
Date - 12th Buddhist century [= the 600s CE -]
Language - Old Mon
Face/Line - 1 face, contains 3 lines of writing
Material - stone
Form - wall of the cave
Size - 15 cm. width ; 50 cm. length
Found at - Narai Cave (or Khao Wong Cave) Khao Wong Locality, Phra Phutthabat District, Saraburi Province
Description - This inscription describes the veneration of sacred objects led by a certain Uncle Sinayadha and the people of the city of Anuradhapura." -
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 Narai monastery?, TH.

General location of the Tham Narai monastery?, TH.
Lat 14.67210 Long 100.83062
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2013.

Google Map link:,%20TH)&ll=14.67210,100.83062&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Tham Narai monastery?

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • Thailand:Changwat Sara Buri

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 14.67210 Long 100.83062 - based on visual identification of the Wat Khao Wong site in maps/satellite imagery & Panoramio photographs, - tmciolek, 02 Oct 2013.

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

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

7. The settlement's alternative/historical names

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8. The settlement's coordinates

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

  • Theravada?

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

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11. Date-early

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

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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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