GETTING A SAK YANT TATTOO BY A MONK IN THAILAND

When I was a child, I used to read National Geographic magazines and remember seeing these magical tattoos done by Buddhist Monks holding long bamboo needles in countries far away. 

In 2017 i booked in to visit Sak Yant Chiang Mai traditional tattoo shop located in the Old City (near the North-West corner). You book a time on their website and pay 1000 Baht ($43 AUD roughly) online to secure it and then you pay 1000 Baht in cash when you arrive at the studio. So the tattoo was around $85 AUD all up.

They use long steel needles and use the traditional hand tapping technique. New needles for each person and it’s hygienic and safe to western standards.

I was originally booked in to see an Ajarn but he wasn’t well so they called a Monk to come in. Because I’m a female, i wasn’t allowed to take photos because technically Monks aren’t allowed to touch females so if you do want photos of the experience, i suggest going to an Ajarn.

I had 10 tattoos before this one so i’m an old pro with getting through tattoos, but this one. Oh my god. It was the most painful tattoo I’ve ever had haha! But i got through it. And so will you 🙂 

When the Monk finished, he closed his eyes and said prayers over the tattoo and blew the magical spells into it. It was an emotional experience.

Sak Yant Tattoo picture

What does the Sak Yant mean?

The Sak Yant Hah Taew, dates its origin back over 700 years to the ancient Kingdom of Lanna which is now known as Northern Thailand.  The Buddhist Monk credited with the design of the Hah Taew 5 Lines Sak Yant is Kruba Kam of Wat Ton Pin, a Buddhist Temple in Chiang Mai, which unfortunately no longer exists today. Kruba Kam designed the Hah Taew at around the time King Mengrai founded the city of Chiang Mai in 1296.

Over the centuries, either by accident or design, the original 5 lines of script which were written in Khom, an ancient Khmer language, underwent several changes and in recent years, several Sak Yant Ajarns have completely replaced the original 5 lines of script with lines of their own.

Hah Taew, represents 5 yants or magical spells.  Each one is done individually and the following magical spells have been cast to do as described below.

1. The first row prevents unjust punishment and leans in your favor when the area is grey, cleans out unwanted spirits and protects the place you live in. 

2. The second row reverses and protects against bad horoscope constellations and bad fortune. 

3. The third row protects you from the use of black magic and anyone who tries to put a curse on you. 

4. The fourth row energizes your good luck, success and fortune in your future ambitions and life style.

5. The fifth row is to gain charisma. It is also is a boost to the fourth row.

Location Details

Sak Yant Chiang Mai
27 11 Arak Rd,
Tambon Si Phum, Amphoe Mueang
Chiang Mai, Chang Wat
Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand


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