known as 'monkey hill' this precipice overlooking the sea
is located at the north end of Bang Saen beach on the way
to Ang Sila village. A shrine, Chao Mae Khao Sam Muk, is believed
to commemorate an 18th century Chinese girl who threw herself
from the cliff after her parents refused to give their permission
for her to marry her lover. The girl is now considered a goddess.
Another legend says the hill was once a 'lover's leap' where
a couple killed themselves after vowing their eternal love.
Still another folk tale says that the shrine honors the memory
of a fisherman's wife who waited atop the hill for her husband
who was lost at sea.
Thai-Chinese people like to visit the shrine to fly kites
to honor the magical spirit said to dwell at the site, and
to pray for good fortune and prosperity.
Sam Muk hill there are beautiful cactus gardens and, as the
nickname 'monkey hill' implies, the area is inhabited by a
large number of wild monkeys.
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