Lim Ko Niao Shrine : Pattani, Thailand

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.

The location of Chao Mae Lim ko Niao sculpture and Chinese gods is on A No Ru road. On the day of the 3rd lunar month every year, there is the colorful procession carrying Chao Maes sculpture along several roads in town, walking on fire in front of the shrine, and swimming across the River near Dechanuchit Bridge. The city welcomes numerous worshippers every year.

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.

Chao Mae Lim Ko Niao Chinese Shrine (Leng Chu Kiang Shrine)
Location: 33 Anoru, Mueang Pattani District, Pattani 94000 Thailand




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