Ancient submerged temple reappears after Thailand drought

Ancient submerged temple reappears after Thailand drought
The lost temple reappeared after a drought caused a reservoir in Thailand to drop.

The ruins of the 100-year-old Buddhist temple Wat Som Mam have been flooded since 1979, when the area was cleared for the construction of the Mae Jang Dam, which supplies most of the irrigation in the area.

Its former residents settled in a new village about ten kilometers away, but the history of the old village was preserved, so they still visited the area from time to time by boat.

Incredibly, the temple reappeared this month after several consecutive years of drought and low rainfall in Lampang province in the north of the country.

You can see the columns of the ruins on which the temple once stood, as well as some houses.

awang Wongnasak, village head in Ban Na Sak sub-district, said they are happy to see the old village again after many years.

He said: “The old village remains in our memory, especially the elderly people who grew up there. We went there by boat, but the drought dried up most of the water in the area. ”

This month, only 16 percent of the total water volume remained in the dam, or about 16.67 million cubic meters of water.

The former residents are now planning to return to the temple ruins to pray.

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