Monday, June 11, 2012

How to behave in a Buddhist Temple

photographs used with permission - timinphuket
The temples in Thailand are not merely tourist destinations but  places of Buddhist worship, and as with any place of religious worship there are a number of dos and don’ts: 

1)   Remove your shoes
2)   Do not let your feet point toward any of the statues
3)   Keep your shoulders and knees covered – ladies especially
4)   Refrain from public displays of affection (PDA);
5)   Be quiet
6)   Try to keep your head lower than those of the statues in the main hall (Thais accomplish this by walking on their knees or bending from the waist)

This protocol is followed to show respect to the Lord Buddha. 

There are numerous Buddhist temples scattered throughout Phuket that are definitely worth a visit. However, please remember the necessary protocol.


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