Buddhist Temples (Wats)

Phuket, Thailand

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Buddhism is a religion that embraces a variety of belief's, traditions and spiritual practices based on the original teachings and philosophies attributed to Buddha. Buddhist Temples are places of worship that believers and followers of Buddhism will go to honour Buddha through acts of service and prayer. These temples represent the pure land or environment of Buddha and are traditionally designed to inspire inner and outer peace.

Buddhist Temples vary from region to region in their architecture and structure and are designed to symbolize five elements: earth, wind, air, fire and wisdom. The temple structures vary depending on language and region which includes Viharas, Stupas, Pagodas or Wats. In Thailand you will find Wats. The Buddhist temples not only consist of their structures but their surrounding areas too, which is why most temples are bound by walls and gates, although everyone is welcome to visit at anytime.

With a large number of the population in Phuket being Thai-Buddhists, there are over 40 Wats available for those who follow Buddhism to worship at. Some of these temples are over 100 years old and hold great significance to the history of Phuket. The temples on the island offer visitors a chance to be blessed by a monk, donate money as well as buy herbal palms and other intriguing trinkets. All proceeds go to the maintenance and up keep of the temples.

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