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  • Thailand News

    Lottery winner donates 2.4 million baht to Nonthaburi temple

    A recent lottery winner has donated nearly half of their 6 million baht (US$ 167,033) prize, a sum of 2.4 million baht (US$ 66,807), to Wat Ton in Nonthaburi Province after praying for luck and winning the first prize. The donation follows a promise made to the revered Luang Phor Samret statue at the temple, which is believed to have…

  • Thailand News

    Lunar New Year rituals at Bangkok’s dragon lotus temple draw Thai-Chinese community

    Today marks the onset of the Lunar New Year, also known as the Year of the Dragon, a significant occasion for Thais with Chinese roots. The shared belief of expelling impending misfortune, termed as fixing a cursed year or Pi Chong in Thai, strengthens the cultural ties between the two communities. A customary practice during the Lunar New Year involves…

  • Thailand News

    Nakhon Pathom temple hosts grand gilding with world’s tallest nimitta

    At Wat Sawang Arom in Nakhon Pathom, a grand gilding ceremony is set to be held, featuring the world’s tallest nimitta sphere, exceeding 20 metres in height. The ceremony will take place from tomorrow, February 8 to March 3, 2024, and is expected to draw a large number of worshippers and tourists eager to partake in the event and witness…

  • Thailand News

    Udon Thani temple’s rice husk pagoda destroyed by fire

    A revered temporary rice husk pagoda at Wat Nakathewi in Udon Thani province was engulfed in flames last night, leaving behind a charred metal framework. At 9pm yesterday, February 5, local disaster prevention and mitigation officials were alerted to the fire, which rapidly consumed the structure despite the efforts of firefighters, temple committee members, and residents. Notably, the temple’s cherished…

  • Thailand News

    Songkhla community faces steep rent hike from temple land

    Residents of the community surrounding Wat Khuan Mit in Songkhla raised concerns as the temple, which owns the land they reside on, dramatically increased the rent by twelvefold. The escalation in rental fees has led to severe hardship for the locals, many of whom have lived there since their ancestors’ time. Negotiations with the temple’s caretakers have not yielded any…

  • Thailand News

    Narendra Modi to inaugurate Ram Temple in Ayodhya amid looming elections

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to inaugurate the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, a place of birth believed by Hindus to be associated with Lord Rama. The construction of this temple represents a key fulfilment of a promise by Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to the Hindu population, taking place just months before India’s upcoming elections, where Modi aims…

  • Thailand News

    Thai man returns temple toy after son sees ghosts

    News emerged that a 31 year old man returned a toy to a temple in Nakhon Nayok province after his son began to see ghosts. The boy’s father, Phonchai, and his family had visited the temple to pay respects and inadvertently took home a Hulk action figure which they believe triggered unusual happenings. The temple, Lam Bua Loi Temple in…

  • Thailand News

    Discover Phayao’s revered 500 year old Thong Samrit Buddha image

    A revered ancient Buddha image, known as Phra Chao Thong Samrit or the Phra Singh Sam, aged over 500 years and the only one of its kind in the Lanna region, is believed to grant successful exams and work good fortune. Located in Wat Sri Bun Chum, Sri Thoi sub-district, Mae Chai district, Phayao province, the statue is crafted from…

  • Thailand News

    Man warns not to touch glass globe under direct sunlight at temple in Phetchabun (video)

    A TikTok user posted a video warning others not to touch a glass globe at Wat Pha Son Kaew, Phetchabun province. The user, @supalack_laijaroen,posted: “Unexpected event at Wat Pha Sorn Kaew. Don’t accidentally touch the crystal ball like me, haha. (No drama, anyone who wants to try it out is welcome).” The young man in the video showed his burnt…

  • Northern Thailand News

    Pheu Thai MPs urge talks on reopening Preah Vihear temple to tourists

    Seven MPs from Pheu Thai party in Si Sa Ket, a northeastern province of Thailand, have urged Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin to initiate dialogue with the neighbouring Cambodian government. The discussion will focus on enabling travel to the Preah Vihear Temple, situated on the Thailand-Cambodia border. The request was made to Defence Minister Sutin Klungsang during his visit to Pha…

  • Thailand News

    Motorbike accident near central Thailand temple sparks police investigation

    A motorbike accident involving two fatalities occurred at around 2.30am today on the Bang Khan-Nong Suea road in Pathum Thani. The deputy chief of the Khlong Luang Police Station, Police Lieutenant Colonel Siroj Naenian, revealed that a pickup truck had collided with a motorbike, resulting in the death of the two male motorbike riders. The motorbike accident occurred near the…

  • Thailand News

    Chiang Mai: Thief arrested for stealing from temple caught in moral dilemma

    A 20 year old man was recently apprehended in Chiang Mai for stealing from a charity donation box at Jettiyanusorn temple, also known as Ban Yang Phra That temple, in Doi Saket. The suspect reportedly fled on a bicycle after the theft, which took place on November 8. Upon his arrest, the man confessed to taking 200 baht in cash…

  • Things To Do

    Most beautiful temples to visit in and around Bangkok

    If you love temples and are planning a trip to Bangkok, you’re in for a treat! Thailand is a land of many temples, each more beautiful than the next. And the capital is blessed with so many glittering temples with stunning architecture and innate details. If you’re looking to add a little spirituality to your travel itinerary, here are the…

  • Thailand News

    Craftsman drowns in ancient water temple pond in Nakhon Phanom

    An unexpected incident unfolded yesterday, when a 34 year old craftsman working on an ancient water temple’s construction, drowned in the temple’s pond. The pond was located in Nakhon Phanom’s Renunakorn district, where the man had been working on a massive temple project set in the middle of the water. Upon receiving the news, Surachai Phiro, the deputy inspector of…

  • South Thailand News

    Yala temple’s amusing rules for resident spirits capture netizens’ attention

    An intriguing set of rules has emerged from a renowned temple in Yala, aimed at the spirits residing within the temple’s vicinity. The rules, designed to foster harmony among the monks, villagers, and spirits, have gone viral, sparking amusement among netizens. This unusual story began gaining traction when a vinyl signboard with the rules was posted within the famous Yala…

  • Phuket News

    Blaze at Buddhist temple: Fire ravages building in Phuket’s Wat Latthiwanaram temple

    In a distressing incident that unfolded yesterday, a fire erupted at a small building located within the premises of Wat Latthiwanaram in Chalong, Phuket, resulting in significant damage to the structure. This particular building, an integral part of a temple situated on Chao Fa East Road, primarily serves as a venue for the organization and conduction of funeral proceedings. The…

  • Bangkok News

    Lost in translation: Thai road sign riddle baffles tourists

    The director of the Phitsanulok Highway District, Awirut Thapthimthae, addressed the public confusion caused by the road sign for Wat Chan Thawan Ok. The sign, situated on the Phitsanulok-Nakhon Sawan highway or Si Racha Dechochai Road, in Wat Chan, Mueang, Phitsanulok, has been in place for over a decade. However, it has led to mispronunciations by foreign tourists, causing confusion…

  • Thailand News

    Buzz around relic-embedded Buddha statue in Ban Khai District

    A renowned temple in the Ban Khai District of Rayong recently created a buzz with the construction of a colourful rendition of the Buddha statue, featuring vibrant green, yellow, and red hues. This edition, known as the Wat Taek version of the Buddha, also comprises relics of famous eastern monks, making it a hot topic among Buddhist statue enthusiasts. The construction…

  • Central Thailand News

    Woman performs 4am temple dance after mother’s lottery-winning dream

    A young woman dressed in traditional Thai attire ventured into Sangkharam Temple, Chainat Province, at 4am to perform a lone ritualistic dance. TikTok user @sasita_leeya documented the unusual action, which she undertook following a dream of her mother’s about winning the lottery. The woman, attired in a Thai traditional dress, arrived at the temple for her solo performance. She was…

  • Pattaya News

    Australian tourist disrupts Pattaya temple, allegedly high on cannabis

    The peace of a local Buddhist temple in South Pattaya was abruptly shattered yesterday morning as a seemingly stoned Australian tourist started to wreck the sanctuary. Jason Bradley Scott snuck into the temple at dawn, allegedly high on cannabis, and did damage before injuring himself while trying to flee. Wat Chai, also known as Wat Chai Mongkol Royal Monastery, situated in…

  • Thailand News

    Phra Aram Luang Monastery sees surge in visitors seeking fortune from revered Luang Pho Pak Daeng

    An increased number of visitors are travelling to Phra Aram Luang Monastery, also known as the Monastery of Luang Pho Pak Daeng in Nakhon Nayok province, to pay respects and seek good fortune from the revered image of Luang Pho Pak Daeng. The sacred image, positioned in the temple’s Ubosot, is a significant religious figure in the locale. The image of…

  • South Thailand News

    Songkhla temple encourages solar cell donations, not traditional wax candles, for Lent

    A temple in Songkhla province put up a clear sign requesting that instead of offering traditional wax candles for the upcoming Buddhist Lent, supporters should donate solar cells. The use of local language on the signage has added a touch of levity and sparked conversation amongst the community. Lieb Temple has grabbed attention with its unique request showcased on banners…

  • Northern Thailand News

    Divine inferno: Temple fire causes 10 million baht damage, monk injured

    Tragedy struck in the early hours of this morning as a fire ripped through Khlong Wat Rai temple, a religious edifice located in Bang Rakam district, Phitsanulok province. The vicious blaze, which sparked at around 3am, reduced the primary sermon building and ten adjacent accommodations reserved for monks to cinders. The abbot of the temple, Pairote Sunthornkit monk, reported the…

  • Crime News

    Bang Klaan temple abbot identifies 17 suspects behind violent intrusion

    The abbot of Bang Klaan temple reported 17 more suspects involved in the recent violent intrusion at his temple in Phichit province. The offenders are comprised of 14 locals and three non-affiliated monks. The police have used CCTV footage to identify the culprits who caused several injuries to the temple’s staff and lay supporters. The abbot, Pissut Warakan, granted authority…

  • Central Thailand News

    Moo-ving act of kindness: Thai entrepreneur saves cows from fate, donates to temple

    A Thai entrepreneur saved the lives of two cows from a slaughterhouse and donated them to a temple in Nakhon Pathom, following his family’s predictions of lucky numbers for their upcoming birthdays today. The 29 year old businessman, Thanit Pongchaichoke, donated the two one and a half year old male cows to Wat Sawang Arom Temple. The temple is known…

  • Things To Do

    10 amazing things to do in Ayutthaya 2023

      Have you ever heard of the ancient city of Ayutthaya? Endorsed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the second capital of the Siamese Kingdom was once considered the largest and most cosmopolitan urban area in the world. The colonial-era European chronicles even mentioned it as the Venice of the East! Time travel and bask in the rich…

  • Crime News

    Former temple abbot allegedly sexually assaults teen girl in Thailand

    An elderly former temple abbot, who is 78 years old, is accused of sexually assaulting a 16 year old girl and threatening to destroy her family’s home within the temple grounds. The girl’s brother secretly recorded the abbot’s behaviour and handed the evidence to the police, leading to the abbot’s suspension. Today, a 25 year old man identified as ‘A’,…

  • Chiang Mai News

    Thief smashes donation box at Chiang Mai temple, gets caught and confesses

    Chiang Mai police have arrested a 24 year old Myanmar national, accused of stealing a donation box from Chedi Luang Worawihan temple and other thefts in the area. The suspect confessed to the crimes after being detained for a separate incident involving stolen motorcycles. Investigating the case, Police Lieutenant Colonel Phuwanat Duangdi, the superintendent for Chiang Mai’s local police, reported…

  • Northern Thailand News

    Inappropriate performance at renowned Thai temple event sparks criticism

    An inappropriate performance sparked criticism during a temple event in Thailand‘s northern Phayao province, resulting in public criticism and an impact on the temple’s reputation. The show, featuring the Likay troupe, displayed some explicit adult scenes not suitable for a family audience. The performance was held during an annual event held between May 25 and June 3. Viewers were shocked…

  • Eastern Thailand News

    Thai man saves python from cooking pot, offers it to monks

    A Thai man saved a 3-metre long python from being cooked and decided to offer it to monks at the Kode Thim Tharam temple in the eastern Rayong province. However, the monks declined the offer due to inappropriate conditions for the snake at the temple. Today at 7am, Prasert Linsamphan brought a python named ‘Nong Jiji’ to the Kode Thim…

  • Thailand News

    A bug’s life: Century-old temple overrun by termites attracts lottery enthusiasts in search of lucky signs

    A century-old temple in Phetchabun province, Thailand, has termites almost completely covering its ancient Buddha statues. News of this brought lottery enthusiasts dashing to the temple in search of lucky signs. Locals and temple committee members opened the ancient chapel at Noen MaKha Noi Temple in preparation for its renovation, yesterday, May 29. Upon entering, they witnessed large termites covering…

  • Thailand News

    Man bitten by camel while feeding animals at temple

    A camel at a zoo inside Bang Kung Temple in Samut Songkram province in central Thailand bit a Thai man’s ear while he was turning his back to it to feed a buffalo in a nearby cage. The victim, 32 year old Worachat Borriboon, recounted his experience at the temple on May 25 to the media. Worachat explained that he suddenly…

  • Chiang Mai News

    Miracle numbers appear at Chiang Mai temple during candlelit ceremony

    A Thai temple in Chiang Mai has revealed lottery numbers after a candlelit blessing ceremony. The numbers in the temple’s sacred water were previously linked to a million-baht winning ticket. The temple continues to host such ceremonies and supports around 30 monks. On May 28, a candlelit blessing ceremony was held at the San Ma Kiang Temple, Chiang Mai Province,…

  • Thailand News

    Thailand and Cambodia consider reopening Preah Vihear temple to boost tourism

    Anticipation is growing among Thais for the reopening of the Preah Vihear temple ruins in Si Sa Ket after a 15-year suspension to boost tourism and promote peace dialogue with Cambodia. The temple has been inaccessible from Si Sa Ket’s Kantharalak district since 2008 due to border disputes between the two countries. Soldiers from both Thailand and Cambodia remain stationed…

  • Thailand News

    Serial thief remains elusive despite ongoing theft at temple

    The abbot of a Chong Lom Temple in the central province of Chai Nat reached out to news agencies for assistance regarding an ongoing theft at the temple. The serial temple thief is still at large even though CCTV footage clearly features his face while committing the crime. The CCTV footage revealed the thief aged approximately 30 to 40 years…

  • World News

    Hiroshima’s burnt origami cranes transform into peace-promoting pottery

    In a hillside temple on Miyajima island, facing Hiroshima, a monk in saffron robes blows a conch and begins chanting prayers as thousands of origami cranes donated to Hiroshima are burned. For the past decade, the Daisho-in Buddhist temple has held ritual burnings of the millions of origami cranes sent to Hiroshima each year, honouring the sentiments folded into each…

  • Northern Thailand News

    TURN IT DOWN! Bees attack temple over loud music

    Most people get annoyed when their neighbours blast loud music but have you ever become so angry that you wanted to stab them with your butt? No? Then you mustn’t be a bee! A swarm of bees did just that at a temple in the Nakhon Ratchasima province. A temple in Phimai District was holding an ordination ceremony on Friday…