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Khun Paen the Legendary Lover and Warrior 201516 June 2012Lee Reynolds




Phra Khun Paen Phim Ok Yai, King Naresuan reign in Ayuthaya, Wat Bang Krang, Suphanburi, c.BE 2100-2200, w/Hinged .900 YG case (25.20 grams of gold)




The Legend of Khun Paen, BE 1491- BE 1529


Khun Paen is the name of a legendary Ayutthayan warrior living some 500 years ago. His name was later given to a votive tablet found at Wat Bankrang, Suphanburi Province, approximately a century ago.


it was widely believed that these votive tablets had miraculous effects on self protection and invulnerability. They were also rumoured to possess the power of immense lady attraction. For this reason the women of Thailand do not wish to see their husbands wearing the amulet Khun Paen, fearing the attraction from others.

Apart from Wat Bankrang Temple, Khun Paen amulets of a different configuration were found at Wat Phra Roop Temple from the same province of Suphanburi. Such tablets were named Khun Paen "Khai Pha".


Thai votive tablets, that is to say amulets of Buddha image, have many names. Amulet collectors from past generations have chosen "Khun Paen" for ease of remembrance. Generally the names of Thai votive tablets originate after they were found, not at the time they were first made.


Amulet collectors of previous generations have named such votive tablets "Khun Paen" because the name was widely known to Thai people as an important legendary figure. In actuality there is no further correlation to Khun Paen and the figure image that appears on the votive tablet is Lord Buddha, not Khun Paen.


Legendary Khun Paen lived between BE 1491 and 1529. He was born in Suphanburi Province, some 70 km. northwest of Bangkok. He grew up in the closely bordered Kanchanaburi Province, where the infamous "Bridge over River Kwai" is located.


He was a disciple of Acharn Kong, a magic-expert guru monk of magical studies. Based on legend, Khun Paen was handsome and very attractive to the ladies. While he had many wives, even greater quantities of ladies fell in love with him. Khun Paen had magical knowledge. In war he used magic to make himself invulnerable and unseen to enemies, to change the marching track of the enemies and to change tree leaves to angry attacking wasps to sting his enemies.


Recognizing Khun Paen's fighting success, he was appointed by the king as Khun or a high-ranking military officer. His biography was published in a fictitious story by poetic authors in the early Ratanakosin period of some 180 years ago. His baby-ghost son was named Guman Thong. He used magic to create him from a dead baby taken from the womb of the dead Bua Klee, one of Khun Paen's wives. As legend has it, making Guman Thong is thrilling and has a complicated ritual.





Phra Khun Paen Sadej-Glab BE 2506, Phim Lek, Pid Thong, LP Supa, Wat Khao Rang, Chop Yant inverso Nak Khao-Har, Blessed by LP Supa, AJ Chum and AJ Uthai





Phra Khun Paen w/2 codes (code prathart and code nak-khao-har), AJ Chum, Wat Mahathat, BE 2497, Nakhon Si Thammarat w/.900 gold case