top
THAI TEMPLES
Banian tree
Buddha reached the enlightenment under a banian tree ("BO"). This tree is often enveloped with a cloth tinted with the orange Buddhist colour.
Banian tree


It can be a small room for one or several persons. These rooms are quite small and empty because monks are not supposed to make anything in their room except meditating and sleeping. Often monks have their own room and novices share their rooms.
Monk house
Monk house

In a Thai monastery there is an abbot ("CHAO AWAT" - เจ้าอาวาส), who is responsible of the well-being of the community. The laymen in troubles come to the temple in order to ask for the abbot's advice. The abbot is often a quite old man with a wisdom reputation. Such monks are called "LUANG PU" (หลวงปู่).

Monk robes
Each monk has only a limited number of robes. So near monks' room, it is very common to see cleaned robes hung out in the sun.
Monk robes

In year 2008 a Thai fabric designer has disclose a new line of saffron-coloured robes infused with bug repellent to keep mosquitoes from biting Buddhist monks.

Abbots of famous temples can have tremendous house with cars and all modern facilities.
Monk house
Monk house

There is also a responsible for temples in a district ("CHAO ATHIKAN" - เจ้าอธิการ). Monks are eager to speak with foreigners. Monks are often people with the greatest knowledge in villages. Some are able to speak English.



Crematorium
This building is easily recognisable because it has a tall chimney.
Crematorium
Crematorium Crematorium


Buddhist library
The library is often built on piles in a pond to prevent bugs to destroy the sacred texts.
Buddhist library
Most temples also contain a library, usually a decorated wooden building raised on a podium.
Buddhist library
Buddhist library


Kitchen
In very big temples, food is cooked in the temple by monks and laymen. Food can be obtained by the alms round ceremony ( "TAKBAT" - ตักบาตร). or people bring food in the morning at the temple while the monks are praying.
Kitchen

In rural places, the school was often in the monastery. Before the creation of school last century by Rama V, the only school were in temples. Up-country temples are still the centre of the village.



Click to see more pictures


comments powered by Disqus


Home > Religions > Buddhism > Thai temples
Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 | Page 5 | Page 6 | Page 7
Bottom