Thailand is a great destination for many reasons. Summer all year-long, tropical beaches, breathtaking islands, big city life & party in Bangkok, incredible street food and so much more… I’m sure everyone who has been to Thailand will add also that it has so many beautiful temples.
As we spent a month traveling through Thailand, starting from Bangkok, then up to North border and finishing in Southern islands, we can say for sure that we were templed out! Thai people say that they have about 40’000 Buddhist temples in total and more that 30’000 are in an active use.
Some of Thai temples are the most impressive and beautiful things I’ve ever seen. Some are more simple.
There are several good reasons why temples are everywhere:
1.Temples play an important role in Thai everyday life. People go to the temple to pray Buddha for a good health, good fortune and wealth. They also seek advice from monks living in temples.
2.Temple in Thailand is an education place. Historically temples have always been the place where parents bring their young children to learn about life and Buddha.
3.Temples are a central gathering place. People go there day by day to meet others and also on special occasions, such as Buddhist day, to learn and perform rituals.
4.Temples are a residing place for monks. Every young Thai man who reaches age of 20 must go to Temple to become a monk for at least 15 days before they are allowed to get married. Some become monks for about 3 months, some for a year, but many stay as monks for their whole life.
5.Temples are also a place of healing. Historically temples were used as hospitals. If a person is sick, then first place where they go is a temple to seek for healing.
These core functions explain why there are thousands of Temples everywhere in the country as they need to be accessible to everyone, even those living in remote villages and jungle.
How temples rise people out of poverty?
Temples are a great help for Thai families that can’t afford education for their children. Children get free education for 5 years only, from the age of 6 to 12. Afterwards, if a family can’t afford further education, they might decide to send their child to the temple to become a monk. Temples accept these children, allow them live there and study for free.
There are even two Monk Universities in Thailand. They teach only two subjects there – Philosophy and Sociology.
Every morning at 6:30 am Buddhist monks walk outside the temple to collect food from Thai people. The process takes about 1.5 hours. Monks live supported by Buddhist people. They don’t work or earn any money, so their feeding is fully in hands of people and their donations. Monks spend their life studying, meditating and teaching. In return Buddhist people can always go to the temple to seek a help from a monk.
It is very uplifting to visit Thai temples and admire their beauty, their calming aura and good energy striving thru the walls of the temple.