Luang Pu Thuad, Lang Taurit Phim Yai "A", Wat Khok Moo, Bangkok, B.E.2505



In the past, many people were unaware of the actual location and history of Wat Khok Moo, a famous temple which was officially engaged by Wat Changhai to produce a portion of their Luang Pu Thuad amulets in B.E.2505. Wat Khok Moo is offically named as Wat Sitaram, where Wat Khok Moo is the unofficial name which means "pig sty". The reason is because the area prior to the construction of Wat Khok Moo was inhabited by Chinese farmers who reared pigs and many pig sties were found in the area. Sometime later, wealthy Chinese merchants purchased a plot of land in the area for the purpose of building a Buddhist temple. It was earlier named Wat Khok Moo but was changed to Wat Sitaram but is still fondly known as Wat Khok Moo as many people still remembered the old name.


Nur Loha Pasom (mixed-metal alloy), 2 Codes

Wat Khok Moo is located in Bangkok diagonally opposite Wat Saket, a Royal Temple. Wat Khok Moo's area was famous for its sculptors and also for a factory which specialised in producing religious images by traditional casting owned by a famous artisan by the name of Chang In (Chang is the Thai word for artisan) or some people refer to him as Chang Sawaeng. Chang In was responsible for the casting of Phra Kring Na India to be given to Wat Suthat in the year B.E.2491 which was one of Somdej Phra Sangkaraj Pae's most famous Phra Kring amulet. Phra In and his team was also invited to Southern Thailand to cast the image of Phra Kring Phokasab for Phor Than Seng of Wat Leam Sai.


Nur Loha Pasom (mixed-metal alloy), 2 Codes (high brass composition)

In the year B.E.2505, Acharn Thim of Wat Changhai announced his intention to create Luang Pu Thuad amulets in metal form known as Lang Taurit (Iron-back shaped). However due to time constraint as the artisans from Wat Changhai were unable to produc the agreed quantity on schedule, Acharn Thim made a request to Chang In in Bangkok to help cast the balance quantity for one of the moulds known today as Phim Yai "A" (Big Mould, "A" model). The various blocks from Wat Changhai were segregated as Phim "A", "B", "C" and Pump Sam. However, the material used by Chang In was majority brass (yellowish) in colour which was different from the Wat Changhai pieces created which were majority copper (reddish) in colour.


Nur Loha Pasom (mixed-metal alloy), 4 Codes

When the casting was completed in Wat Khok Moo, Chang In then individually selected the pieces which were either defective or unclear and separated them from the beautiful pieces. The pieces which were separated were then struck with the "pig codes" at the back by Chang In and were packed in a separate box. The box with the beautiful pieces were to be given to Wat Changhai and the other box was to be donated to Wat Khok Moo for distribution. Both boxes were then delivered by train to Wat Changhai in Pattani for the consecration ceremony.


Nur Loha Pasom (mixed-metal alloy), 5 Codes

The Luang Pu Thuad Phim Lang Taurit Yai amulets created by Wat Khok Moo was consecrated in the same ceremony as the pieces created by Wat Changhai, with the only marked difference in the composition of the metal, which Wat Khok Moo has a high concentration of brass which makes the amulet appear more yellowish than reddish as compared to Wat Changhai pieces. The metal composition is known as Nur Loha Pasom (mixed-metal alloy) and some pieces were gold-plated. The "pig codes" stamped at the back has 1 code, 2 codes, 3 codes, 4 codes up to a maximum of 9 codes.


Nur Loha Pasom Kalai Thong (mixed-metal alloy plated with gold), 3 Code (rare)

This batch of Luang Pu Thuad Lang Taurit amulets which were distributed by Wat Khok Moo was well-known in the past and many people who could not afford the Wat Changhai Luang Pu Thuad Lang Taurit amulets chose to collect this piece due to the pricing which is comparitively much lower. In fact, there were many cases of unscrupulous dealers who artifically scrape off the "pig codes" to pass off as Wat Changhai pieces due to the very much higher returns. However, experts in Luang Pu Thuad amulets are able to differentiate the amulets between the 2 temples easily. The pricing of Wat Khok Moo's Luang Pu Thuad Lang Taurit is determined by the condition first, followed by the number of "pig codes" stamped on it. There are imitations of this batch even though the price is affordable due to the popularity and only 1 type of code was used, no other codes are accepted. A few official batches were created after B.E.2505, namely B.E.2536 and B.E.2550 with different materials and different types of codes.

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