The buddha throughout thailand
While planning our trip, I read a few blogs and articles about what to visit in Thailand. While many articles suggested visiting Buddhist temples, many writers warned that a traveler could grow tired of temple visits after a few days. I completely disagree.
Thai temples are a place of calm among the heat, the noise and the continuous movement of daily life. Likewise, Buddha statues vary from ancient to gilded to gargantuan to basic.
Rules for tourists visiting Buddhist temples in Thailand
In order to show respect, one must never have their wait above a Buddha. As seen in the picture above, there were signs that told us to crouch down in front of the Buddha head in order to show respect while taking a pictures. Additionally, when entering a temple, you must remove your shoes. Both men and women should dress modestly. Many temples provide pieces of fabric for people to cover up their shoulders or legs before entering into a temple. When entering a temple (but not at the ancient sites) I made sure to always wear a t-shirt and bring a long skirt so that I could put it over my shorts if needed.
At temples and holy sites, there are often signs posted to help tourists show respect. Tourists are advised not to climb on Buddha statues, or change their position, as shown in the warning above.
Variety of Buddha Statues
In Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Ayutthaya, Sukhothai and on the Thai Gulf islands there are many temples housing giant Buddhas. Massive. Overwhelming. Impressive Buddhas.
I hope you enjoyed some of the photographs of the Buddha that I took while traveling Thailand this August. I cannot imagine what Thailand must be like right now, as it launches into a year of mourning for its king. I have several Thai students in my classes right now and they are some of the most joyous, playful and hard-working students I've had yet in Australia.
Happy travels and check back Monday for another post!
~ Jamie and David
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