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Thai Buddha Statues
Favorite thing: Most statues and spires on temples are gold leaf. This is pure gold, 24 karat but is very light and paper thin. There are usually several layers, especially over the years but normally not "solid" through and through as they may say. Terms can be relative. Kowing the Thai's, I don't think that there is anything deceptive about this, they just assume that most people know this and when they say pure, it in fact really is, it's just rice paper thin.
Tiger Temple and Monk
Favorite thing: Tiger Temple and Monk in Kanchanaburi Province
The first tiger was brought to the Pha Luang Ba Tua Buddhist Temple in 1998 after being injured by a hunter, but died within days. Soon after, two very ill cubs arrived with large knife wounds in their stomachs. Miraculously, they survived, and the temple quickly earned a reputation as a tiger haven.
" When the villagers saw how we tended to the first tigers they brought others. Some were injured by hunters who had a change of heart, others by people who did not want the tiger near their village but also did not want to see it die," Phusit said. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) estimates that there are between 150 and 500 tigers remaining in the wild in Thailand. Healthy tigers from the Temple are sent back to the forest once they are ready to return. To return to the wild, the tigers do not have far to go. The tiger temple sits on a small plain surrounded by jagged rocky outcrops about 40 kilometers beyond the famous World War II - The Bridge on the River Kwai. " This trip is famous tour and popular tour for tourist from every country Now. "
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A city with loads of temples...
Favorite thing: The visit to the Buddhist temples was indeed the best memory of the trip...there are so many temples and as you talk to locals you find out more and more temples and everyone is unique...
i have some pictures of the temples....
Fondest memory: the temples......
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Stupas, chedis, and prangs (4 photos)
Favorite thing: A chedi (synonyms are stupa and pagoda)are tall domed buildings containing the relics of Buddha or other revered teachers. Prangs are Khmer-syle buildings, tall and slender, with the appearance of an ear of corn on end. Many chedis in the Bangkok are really more like prangs. To confuse matters further, some say all of these structures should be called stupas. The construction of the Chedi relects the practise of Theravada Buddhism. The base is considered hell, the middle portion human life, and the spire untimate enlightenment.
Wats, Chofahs, and Bots
Favorite thing: A wat is a Buddhist temple or monastery. The term often refers to a collection of temples, shrines, buildings and monuments enclosed within a wall. Often the most important structure in a wat is the bot or ubosoth where new monks take their vows. They contain an altar and statues of Buddha and are off limits to foreigners. Chofahs are the bird like decorations at the ends of the roofs of the temples.
Favorite thing: Budda Budda Budda Budda Budda Budda Budda Budda Budda Budda Budda Budda Budda!!!
You will find all kind of Budda statues in any kind of position during your trip in Thailand so, if you do not have a very deep interest, try to chose the temples and the Buddas you want to visit, before going.
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Favorite thing: I am not sure if it is considered rude, but no one told me different, and they had many opportunities to. But, I loved watching the monks go about their rituals. I truly think that it is not a problem, as I was in plain view of these guys, and they never told me a thing. Just be respectful, and I think you can pretty much do what you like (see my temple etiquette for definition of respectful here).
Anyway, they perfrom all sorts of prayers, some chant, others just walk around and greet everyone with a smile. Such peace and harmony emit from these guys.
Favorite thing: There are so many beautiful Buddhist Temples in Bangkok! Sorry if I'm boring you with to many pictures of them. But it is a big part of what Bangkok is! If you are lucky you stumble up some very talkative Monks that can explain to you about Buddhism and they ways of life for the Monks.
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Fondest memory: The well-sculptured Buddhas either inside or outside the finely and lavishly decorated temples are totally captivating.
Praying at the Grand Temple
Fondest memory: Amidst all the tourists taking photos at the Grand Palace, watching Thais giving prayer. The Grand Palace is an important religious building for Buddhists.
Monk taking photos at the Grand Palace
Fondest memory: At a lot of attractions I get more pleasure watching the people there than the attraction itself. I enjoyed watching this monk taking photos at the Grand Palace.
Buddhism in Thailand.
Fondest memory: Buddhism is the state religion & in this city one gets the chance to meet & talk to the monks almost everywhere. Though, I think you've to learn how to speak Thai first ;-)
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