Spirituality permeates the fabric of Thailand. It’s everywhere you look, from the colourfully adorned spirit house outside the 7/11 to the Buddha amulet around your taxi driver’s neck.

I don’t subscribe to a specific religion. But I do appreciate the peace that can be found in the moments where you forget your personal worries and tune into a connection to something greater, whatever you consider that to be.

Here are some of the visual prompts I’ve seen recently that stopped me in my tracks for a while.

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Chinese temple at the pier in Mahachai, a small town at the end of the local railway if you travel from Wongwian Yai train station in Bangkok.
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Dinky deity nestled into the crook of a tree. 
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A very famous sight at Wat Mahathat, Ayutthaya. The temple was destroyed  by the Burmese in 1767 – they vandalised many of the buddha statues by removing the heads.
flower-market-shrine
This old chap was sat among the hustle and bustle of the Pak Khlong flower market in Bangkok’s Chinatown.
giant-buddha-crop
This giant buddha in Wat Kalayanamit in Thonburi was a breathtaking sight and there was nowehere near the level of tourists that you get at Wat Pho, home of the reclining buddha.
 

 

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