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No matter how many times this legend has being told or how familiar it may be to some, almost everything about the legend of Mae Nak is amazing. The love and romance legend of Mae Nak has been repeatedly put on classic films and each one tells a slightly pretty different storyline. According to tradition, the events occurred during the reign of King Mongkut. The story is about a beautiful young lady named Nak, who lived by the riverside of Phra Khanong district in Bangkok, and her undying love for her husband, Mak.

Mae Nak Phra Khanong ( In Thai : แม่นากพระโขนง,  meaning "Lady Nak of Phra Khanong" ), or simply Mae Nak (In Thai: แม่นาก, "Lady Nak") or Nang Nak ( In Thai: นางนาก, "Miss Nak"), is a well-known Thai female ghost. According to local folklore the story is based on events that took place during the reign of King Rama IV.

Many love stories we hear end with a tragic death, but death doesn't necessarily mean the end of the story. Such is the tale of Mae Nak, as depicted in the Romance horror film Nang Nak that was released in A.D 1999 and a latest series was called Mae Nak was released in A.D 2012. It is based on a famous folk tale, Nang Nak or as Mae Nak Phra Khanong, which means Miss Nak of Phra Khanong District. A romantic tragedy and horror film, it's said that the spirit of the lovelorn Mae Nak continues to call out for her husband as she walks the plains of a separate dimension.

According to local legend, Nak, a beautiful young lady who lived near the banks of Phra Khanong river near central Bangkok, fell in love and married a man named Mak. When war broke out, Mak was conscripted and sent to fight in the Siamese - Vietnamese War, and have to leave his pregnant wife alone. Unfortunately, Nak died in childbirth, along with her baby. However, her spirit refused to leave. Eventually, when Mak returned from war he found his beloved wife and child alive and well. Life as he knew it went on as usual, they lived together for some time.

But one day, a friend visits and see Mak living with Nak. The villagers, knowing that she is death, realize Mak is spellbound by the ghost. But those who attempt to tell him are killed by the ghost of Mae Nak in the night, desperate to stay with her husband. When Mak confronts Nak about the rumours about her death, she lied and said the villagers disliked her after Mak left for the war. Before he eventually realized that the rumours he had heard were true, and that he was in fact living with ghosts in a decaying home.

One night, Mak finally discovers the truth, he saw the reality of the state of his home and what his wife and baby really looked like. He was fearful and overcome with anger. He ran away in terror and took refuge in a temple, and called in a monk for help. The kingdom's most respected Buddhist monk ( Phra Somdet Toh is also known as Archan Toh ), Archan Toh went to Nang Nak's grave and has the middle of Nak's forehead cut out to confines her spirit within the bone of her forehead and binds it in his waistband, and in a tearful farewell Nang Nak repents, leaving her husband for a better life. Legend says the waistband is currently in the possession of the royal family. Admiral Aphakonkiattiwong, the Prince of Chumphon, also claimed to have had the relic. In alternative version, the monk assured Nang Nak that in a future life she would be reunited with her beloved husband, and thus hearing these she voluntarily departed for the afterlife.

In the year 1997, a shrine of Mae Nak has been placed at Wat Mahabut temple built during late Ayutthaya period, supposedly her burial place. The Locals often refer to it as Wat Mae Nak Phra Khanong ( Temple of Mother Nak of Phra Khanong ). The shrine relocated to nearby Suan Luang District of modern Bangkok, where people go and make offerings to Mother Nak who resides there. The shrine is filled with colourful traditional Thai clothings, flower garlands, cosmetics, milks and toys offered by devotees to Mother Nak and her child.
Other offerings include fruit, lotuses, and incense sticks left in different locations.

Mae Nak story is still very popular because her undying devotion to her husband inspires people of all ages til this very day. To this day, many peoples go there for blessings and guidance and any other that one might name. Mae Nak is also believed to be benevolent at giving out winning lottery numbers. On the eve of the lottery draw, the shrine is bustling with ticket sellers, fortune tellers, and merit offering by releasing animal's lives to liberate all beings for the compassionate act.

There are differing versions of the rest of the story. In one, an old couple new to Phra Khanong finds the jar while fishing; in another two fishermen dredge up the jar. Nang Nak was freed when they opened it.

Another Version was when Mr. Anek Nawikamul, a Thai historian, researched the story and found an article in Siam Praphet newspaper written by K.S.R. Kularb, dated March 10, 1899. Kularb claimed the story of Mae Nak was based on the life of Amdaeng Nak ( อำแดงนาก, Mrs. Nak or Nang Nak ), daughter of a Tambon Phra Khanong leader named Khun Si. Amdaeng Nak died while she was pregnant. Her son, worried that his father might remarry and his inheritance have be shared with a step-mother, invented the ghost story. He dressed in women's clothing and threw rocks at passing boats to make people think Nak's ghost had done it. Kularb also suggested that Nak's husband was named "Chum", not Mak. No one knows how true this is, or even it was the same Nak, since it does not agree with the traditional tale

Location: Wat Mahabut Temple, On Nut, Sukhumvit 77

The shrine is a low building under large trees with a roof that encompasses the tree trunks. The main shrine has several minor shrines around it.

How to get there: Take the BTS to On Nut Station. Wat Mahabut Temple is located about 900 meters down Sukhumvit Soi 77. The temple is at the end of Soi 7.

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