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Buddhism Promotion Week from 26-31 July 2015

offering alms

The Ministry of Culture is gearing up to host the Buddhism Promotion Week late this month while encouraging all Buddhist Thais to join in. The campaign, which will run from 26-31 July 2015, will coincide with Asanha Bucha Day and Buddhist Lent Day which will arrive at the end of this month. All devout Buddhists, both in Bangkok and the provinces, are invited to observe the occasion by practicing Dharma principles, donning white and going to temples to join candle-lit processions. People are also encouraged to abstain from all vices during the Buddhism Promotion Week and the Buddhist Lent period and decorate their homes and offices with the Dharmachakra flag.

Many special activities will be made available for public members, including trips to temples along Bangkok Noi Canal and Maha Sawat Canal as well as an orchid plantation and local communities. Similar activities were also held last year and, besides the purpose of making merit, they were found to help generate income for residents and promote cultural learning.

Source: National News Bureau & Public Relations

Wat Phrathat Pha Ngao


Wat Phrathat Pha Ngao, in Chiang Saen district, is an important old temple in Chiang Rai Province, in Northern Thailand. There is a chedi called Pha Ngao standing on a huge rock in the temple compound. This is how the temple got its name which means a rock providing shade. Beside the chedi itself, other things of interest include the Seven Spired Pagoda on the hilltop, a Viharn housing an image of Luang Po Pha Ngao and a golden Lanna-style teakwood building.

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The Half Buried Buddha

Wat Phra Thong in Phuket

Wat Phra Thong in Phuket is a popular attraction for both local residents who come to pray and tourists who visit to see a large Buddha statue which only shows its upper half as if it was emerging from the ground. There are several myths about the Buddha statue, been told in several styles, but all contains one main concept that no one could ever dig up this Buddha statue so people gave up, restored it as it is today, and named the statue Luang Po Phra Phut (“Buddha that emerges from the ground”).

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Wat Nong Bua

Wat Nong Bua

Wat Nong Bua in Tha Wang Pha district of Nan Province was built in 1862 during the reign of King Rama V. It was built by Tai Lue craftsmen who had migrated here from Southern China. Inside the temple there are wall murals that were believed to have been painted more than one hundred years ago. Their artistic value and degree of perfection equal those at the more famous Wat Phumin.

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Sticky Rice Alms Round in Chiang Khan


The small town of Chiang Khan sits alongside the Maekhong River in Loei Province. Many of the local people are descended from Lao people who migrated here from Luang Prabang. One of the traditions they brought with them was offering sticky rice to monks during their morning alms rounds.

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Cool Season Robes for the Emerald Buddha


His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn changed the Emerald Buddha’s robes from summer to cool season attire at the main hall of the Emerald Buddha Temple yesterday. The Emerald Buddha wears a robe that is changed three times a year. A diamond encrusted golden robe is worn by the Buddha image during the hot season. A golden robe is worn by the Buddha image during the cold season. A gilded monk’s robe is worn by the image during the rainy season.