Perhaps Thailand is known as the “Land of Smiles”, but it is also the “Land of Yellow Robes”. Thai Buddhist monks are traditionally in yellow colored robes and Buddhism is plays a very important role in Thai culture. As Thailand grows with the modernization of society, Buddhism begins to become less relevant. As Phra Paisan Visalo, one of the country’s most respected monks, once commented, “Consumerism is now the Thai religion. In the past, people went to temple on every holy day. Now, they go to shopping malls.”
Enjoy a day of complete peace and understand old Buddhist influences and practices, set against the modern backdrop of Buddhism threatened by modern habits of consumerism and materialism. Go off the beaten path and engage in simple activities like offering food to monks, meditating and freeing birds. For those interested in learning the basics of meditation, this unique experience in Bangkok also allows you to meditate at the temple with guidance from the monks. Bring the lesson home with you and apply it to your daily life, it will aid in your concentration and lead you to a state of calm.