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The Temples of Bangkok

Culture & History

All Buddhist religious ceremonies center at the Wat, a combination of monastery and temple. There are about 32,000 Wats in the country. It is socially expected that every Thai male will become a monk at least once in his life for a period of about 3 months in order to study Buddhism and live the Buddhist way in the monastery. The present King Bhumiphol Adulyadej became a monk in 1956 and took residence at Wat Bovornivet. Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn, the only son of the King was ordained a monk in 1978.

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