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108 Monk Bowls. Drop off your coins here in exchange for your Happiness

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In Bangkok, there’s a tiny neighborhood called Soi Ban Baat (Monk’s Bowl Village), where residents have been making alms bowls for monks for generations. Only few artisans continue the tradition, beating out the bowls by hand. They’re made of eight strips of metal, to symbolize the Eightfold Path of Buddhism.

January 1, it’s Thai tradition to spend the day visiting Buddhist temples and making donations of food, necessities, and money. It’s considered both charitable, and a way to ensure happiness, health, and good luck for the coming year.

108 metal monk’s bowls are lined up in a long rows, and a line of people filing past them, drop a coin into each one (108 is an auspicious number in Buddhism).

Of course, if you are in Thailand in any day of a year, you can still donate money. Not sure of the impact on your happiness, but at least your pockets will be lighter. (108 baht= approx $3)

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Comments (78)

Vince Byrne on August 16, 2011


Another gtreat shot, excellent composition.

*Like *


HatefMofidi on August 16, 2011

nice shot

Marianne Bjørklund on August 19, 2011

Will you drop a coin for me the next time you go by?

Kamloops_Girl on August 25, 2011

Nice one Tomas, I LIKE. I could not find the one you uploaded, perhaps you could send me the link? Thanks a lot. ~Ivy

tor tom on August 26, 2011

Hello Tery, Vince, Yuliya, HatefMofidi, mettemarit and Ivy,

thank you for your visit, your kind comments and Like 49.

Greetings, Tomas from Toronto

Ivy, I think you got my message!

Kamloops_Girl on August 26, 2011

Hi Tomas, I certainly did. Thanks a lot! ~Ivy

Dorit Yannai on September 1, 2011

A marvelous photo !

ganzilotomich, on September 12, 2011

Belo registro.


Hélder Neves on September 14, 2011

Excellent shot! LIKE. Greetings. Hélder

tor tom on September 22, 2011

Hello *Ivy, Dorit, Gosto, Eilian and Helder *, my Panoramio friends,

thank you for your visit, your kind comments and Like 52.

Greetings, Tomas from Toronto

Det Lindinger on October 9, 2011

Super Tomas ...like54+Fav

Greetings from Germany, Det!

Beyer A. on November 11, 2011

wonderful shot !!! LIKE Bes twishes a.beyer

M Teixeira on April 6, 2012

Very nice shot! Congratulations! LK

Greetings, Miguel

Kai Kitsada on May 2, 2012

nice shot....F + L

in Buddhism. we have monk for first way for all Buddhist to start to give..before another give..... This is simple way to explain...if you have many food more than you need then give it to your neighbor everytime you give you will receive back. you will got happiness when you see your neighbor delicious and enjoy with your food. everytime you give will receive happiness back. This is the way of Buddhism..that teach we take care every life..

Best Wish from Thailand, Kai.

Kai Kitsada on May 2, 2012

F5 + L57

tor tom on May 3, 2012

Yes, it is a wonderful way to live. We in the west need some hard life lessons to understand.

Kai Kitsada on May 3, 2012

:) not only the West ..Present..we, Buddhist. most lost from this way. Try to give only Monk..don't take care another life.
in Buddhism way. Everything start when we born..we don't have anything. When we die..we can't got anything..but during we alive..we try to take and got everything. ..everything that we try to own during alive are............ affliction.

Have a nice day and good health, Kai.

Antoine Jasser on January 20, 2014

Gorgeous perspective...
Beautifully composed & captured...
L 58

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Photo taken in Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan

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    by tor tom