The temple also holds great historic significance as it dates back to the year 1975. The foundation of this temple was laid when a famous Vipassana monk called Jumnean Seelasettho meditated under this particular cave. During his meditation, the monk saw tigers roaming around inside the cave. Due to this experience, the temple was named as Wat Tham Suea. According to ancient legends a huge tiger used to roam around the cave and hence, the paw prints of the tiger engraved on the cave are manifestations of these beliefs.
One should be a bit careful about the monkeys who are seen roaming around the caves and stairs. A few visitors have been reported to be attacked by monkeys roaming in the premises. Hence, the visit to the Tiger Cave temple was quite a thrilling and at the same time peaceful experience amidst the natural beauty of the tropical rain forests of the Kiriwong Valley.