My favourite temples and shrines in Bangkok.

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Wat Phra Dhammakaya (วัดพระธรรมกาย)

Everything about this temple is big, rich and modern. The modern building style of some of the buildings is very interesting, but less beautiful than the traditional ones. On the temple grounds we saw monks being driven around in a BMW and living in quite luxurious apartments. The abbot has been discredited because he actively pursued gifts from followers (land, buildings, money) and registered them it under his own name. The temple is very famous and attracts many followers, who all dress in white for the service. The temple is actually in Pathum Thani, just north of Bangkok. Photo: Dhammakaya Foundation

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