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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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.
One thing that you have to love about Bangkok International Airport is the priority given to the local monks. Not only are they allowed to board the aircraft with the business and first class passengers, they also have their own reserved comfy chair seating sections roped off for them around the airport.
It is good to see some respect is given to people who deserve it....
The younger generation in Thailand may have lost touch a little with their religion but it is very important to the older people.
While at the Grand Palace I watched this old woman enter the grounds and walk with great difficulty, using a stick which she clung on to with gnarled hands, to get to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha so that she could pray.
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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