Magnificent temples in Thailand and our beliefs


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To start the new year with a good life, we as Buddhists normally go to temples for making merit. This is one of the popular activities that we have during the special holidays.

We believe that these can bring hope and happiness to us throughout the year.

On this good opportunity, I would like to present beautiful photos of temples from many places in Thailand, so you can see why temples are important for us, especially in the old days.

Starting from the first photo, it is a magnificent building called "Ubosod". Normally, Ubosod is the most important building of the temple. As you may notice, it's surrounded by the huge pink lotus statue. It looks like the Ubosod is in the center of the lotus. For Buddhist, lotus is the symbol of enlightenment and we use them in many Buddhist traditions.

In temples, there are many activities that we do. The colorful parade is among them. In the following photos, you will see local older people wearing Thai traditional dress and dance in the Thai style. The parade can encourage a lot of people to gather around in the temples on special days; i.e. New Year celebration, ordination ceremony, etc.

These can entertain people before making merit. They are fascinating and so much fun.

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Apart from making merit, we also worship the Buddha images to ask for good fortune for our lives.

All of the Buddha images are magnificent and look peaceful. These can make our minds keep calm as well.

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One of the most sacred monks that had passed away a long time ago is "Luang Pu Thuat". Most of Thai people, especially the Southern people, including my family, pay respect to him.

According to our older people, "Luang Pu Thuat" had supernatural power; i.e. when he stepped into the sea, the surrounding water became "freshwater" and not “salty” anymore. Really amazing, right? (This is our belief.)

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Here below is the temple that “Luang Pu Thuat” stayed while he was alive. It's situated in Pattani province, in the South of Thailand.

The short name of this temple is “Wat Chang Hai”.

Wat means temple
Chang means elephant
Hai means give

So, you will see the elephants’ sculptures at the entrance of the temple.

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Below is the Buddhist prayer for “Luang Pu Thuat” on the sign both in Thai and in English.

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There are various forms of Luang Pu Thuat images providing for us to worship in our own houses, the same way as Buddha images. We believe that Luang Pu Thuat will protect us from any dangers.

If you are not Buddhist, you may visit our temples to admire the beauty of the architecture of the buildings and see the way of our lives as well.

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I do really hope that you enjoy these photos from my sister, like me! ;)


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Nice photos of this famous temple in the south of Thailand! Very nice atmosphere there, I would love to have a walk there for a while!

10.01.2020 03:08
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Thanks a lot for your nice comment. These temples are not only from the south of Thailand, but they are also from other parts of Thailand. I love the peaceful moment while walking in temples, too. ;)

15.01.2020 17:04
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Wonderful pictures, I wish I could visit! There is a Thai Buddhist temple in LA that I have visited a couple times, and I think a small one here in my city but I haven't been able to find it. I only know it exists because one time I was at Home Depot and a monk was there in his robes.

10.01.2020 07:00
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Thanks a lot for your nice comment. It's good to know that you have visited a Thai Buddhist temple in LA and there is a small one in your city. I hope that you can find it one day. ;)

15.01.2020 22:09
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I would like to find it, but since it is much smaller I am more reluctant to visit since I am not a Buddhist and I don't want to make them or myself feel uncomfortable. The one in LA is quite large and the times I have gone there they have a little festival with food vendors and a lot of people around so it's easier to be "lost in the crowd" 😊

16.01.2020 23:23
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Ah! I understand! Many thanks for your explanation! ;)

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15.01.2020 22:10
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this was beautiful great to know about that place and the cultural values :)

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Thank you very much! ;)

15.01.2020 16:55
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I always love learning about your traditions. The temples are colorful and beautiful. I would love to visit them in person but at least I was able to visit because of the wonderful photos. I am wishing you much hope, happiness and good fortune in the new year @tangmo! : )

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Ah! I'm very glad to know that "you always love learning about our traditions". Many thanks for your nice comment and for your kind wishes. Wishing you a happy, wondrous and prosperous New Year! ;)

15.01.2020 18:14
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Thank you sis! Hugs!

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