Monks Collecting Alms by Boat Festival in Lat Krabang

Merit Making by Boat

The end of the Buddhist Rains Retreat takes place on the full moon in October. For three months, the monks have to stay within their temple. They cannot disrobe or move to another temple. The original idea was to stop monks stepping on and killing plants and insects during the rainy season. This period is sometimes called Buddhist Lent in English as lay people make an effort to give up things such as meat, alcohol, or smoking.

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Supreme Patriarch Dies at 100


The nation and the entire Buddhist community are mourning the loss of His Holiness the Supreme Patriarch, Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara Suvaddhana Mahathera, who died at Chulalongkorn Hospital on the evening of Thursday 24th October 2013. He was 100 years old. His Holiness had been ill since 20th February 2002, when he was admitted to Chulalongkorn Hospital.

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Seated Buddha at Wat Phikun Thong


At Wat Phikhun Thong in Singburi, you can find one of the largest seated Buddhas in Thailand. The large image, which faces East, is  23 metres wide and 42 metres high, and is made of concrete and decorated with golden mosaic. To take pictures from the front, it is best to visit this temple in the morning.

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Reclining Buddha at Wat Phra Non Chakkrasi


Wat Phra Non Chakkrasi Worawihan in Singburi houses a huge Sukhothai-style reclining Buddha image, which is revered by the local people and renowned for its large size, almost 46 metres long.

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Wat Khok Kham in Samut Sakhon


This is Wat Khok Kham in Samut Sakhon. Here there is an old chapel building that was once visited by King Rama 4. The gable of the chapel has a wooden engraving.

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Giant Bodhi Tree in Prachinburi


At Wat Ton Pho Sri Maha Pho in Sri Mahosot District of Prachinburi, there is a giant Bodhi tree that is believed to be over 2,000 years old. It has a circumference of 20 meters and a height of 30 meters making it both the biggest and oldest of its kind in Thailand.

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