WATS (TEMPLES) ARE BECOMING DAY IN DAY OUT MORE COMMERCIALIZED

I’m not Thai, so what can I say?? Lots of “important” wats has been overcrowded with the stalls of merchants selling stuff to be used for merit-making, food for visitors and food to feed the fish in a khlong or a pond near the wat and hardware. Many temple-compounds accommodate nowadays complete markets. One of the many sad examples is Wat Phra Sri Rattana Mahathat Vora-Maha-Vihara or Wat Yai (วัดราชบุรณะ) in Phitsanulok where even the ages-old structures have been covered by neighbouring stalls.

Shortly I found in the entrance of the main-hall in a temple in Nakhon Nayok an ATM-machine: first put off your shoes before entering and secondly draw money to be used for merit-making inside… Everybody is making you comfortable!

A pity that money seems to start overruling the calming, peaceful and sacred feeling one had once entering a temple!

About Antoni Uni

I am born in Haarlem, the Netherlands, and went to Spain, l'Escala - Costabrava, in 1988. After 15 years I made a mistake and went travelling in S.E. Asia. and in 2005 I dropped down in Bangkok where I still live. https://www.antoniuniphotography.com/ My website, more than 30.000 photos, is: https://www.antoniuniphotography.com/
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