Wat Bang Phra
While the true origins of this temple are unknown, archeologists believe it dates back to the late 18th century. Today, monks practice here the art of giving sak yant tattoos, a traditional art form in which they use a long stick to tattoo a blessing onto the back.
Tourists can visit and get a tattoo, though the monk chooses which to use. These are meant to protect the bearer from evil, and bring them strength and luck.
Wat Bang Phra is the site of the annual Sak Yant Festival, when over 10,000 people flock to Nakhon Pathom to practice and honor this ancient tattoo art form. Many become “possessed” during the festival, acting out the behaviors of animal gods or behaving erratically as they claim to be moved by spirits.