Thailand, just like India, is full of temples, with the numero uno God being Buddha, who , as we all know, is from India. They believe in our epic Ramayana, with the story slightly twisted to suit their needs, I suppose. Their current king is Rama 1X and apparently the Rama dynasty believe that their lineage is that of Lord Vishnu( a hindu God).Interesting, huh? The kings built temples to make their mark, just like Indian kings.
Buddha on top of NAGA, the snake God. We have quite a few statues of Vishnu on Snake in India!
They even have a famous shrine for Brahma !! That is more than what we do for the Creator ! We rarely find shrines for Brahma in Indian temples.
They believe that the daemon God protects them, and you will find one , in all the temples. We have a similar statue in most south Indian villages, at the entrance of various villages, as a protector.
And, the fascination with Gold.. , just like Indians…
Golden Buddha, weighing 5.5 tonnes
A few more interesting similarities..
Vendors selling flowers , in front of all the temples
Traffic policemen trying to catch bike riders.. It is not just the policemen, even the traffic is the same..
We call this an “Auto” in India, they call it a Taxi.
Thailand getting into the bandwagon , fighting corruption using facebook..
Funny signs.. like any other non-english speaking country.. I wonder if the sign means “Keep Left” or ” Keep right” 😀
Some interesting tidbits.. They have taxis in all bright colors, pink,purple,red..you name it. Kind of unique!
Wondering what you are looking at? I found these bike riders,who give rides to people for a fee.. a two wheeler taxi?
They have campaign promises too.. If it is laptop,TV giveaways in India, it is tablet PCs in Thailand.
In a nutshell,Thailand felt very much like Thai’s land !Motherland! ( “Thai” means Mother in an Indian language called Tamil)