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Contact: - Tel. 0 7352 2411
This Chinese-style shrine in Pattani town is dedicated to a local Chinese heroine, Chao Mae Lim Ko Niao, who is especially respected by the Chinese residents of Pattani. The shrine houses a wooden statue of the goddess and sculptures of other Chinese religious figures. Legend says Lim Ko Niao was a Chinese girl who came to what was then Siam, looking for her brother Lim To Khiam, who had married the daughter of the Pattani governor and had converted to Islam. When she could not find her brother, she felt so disappointed at failing in her mission that she hung herself from a cashew nut tree. When her brother heard of her suicide, he buried her at the site on which the Pattani people later built the shrine to commemorate her dedication to family. They carved her statue from the wood of the cashew tree. On the first day of the third lunar month every year, a colorful procession winds through the town carrying the statue of the Lim Ko Niao to the shrine. Activities include fire-walking in front of the shrine, light and sound presentations, dragon and lion dancing and swimming across the river at nearby Dechanuchit Bridge.
The shrine is located on A No Ru Road in Pattani town.
The shrine, also known as the Leng Chu Kiang Shrine, is open daily 8.00 am-5.00 pm. More information about the shrine and the procession is available at 0 7352 2411.