Sins and spirits: Thais flock to sacred tattoo fest to ‘recharge’ traditional tattoos

Every year, thousands of devotees gather at Wat Bang Phra for the annual tattoo festival, which celebrates the traditional Sak Yant tattoos.

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Thai monk arrested for sexual assault of 2 children in Chicago temple

Thai monk arrested for sexual assault of 2 children in Chicago temple

Over the years, there has been numerous cases of monks misbehaving in Thai media — from flaunting their jet-setting lifestyle to beating a 9-year-old to death. One Thai monk,...

Two monks shot dead in a temple as religious violence flares in Thailand’s deep south

Two monks shot dead in a temple as religious violence flares in Thailand’s deep south

Monks have been targeted by gunmen in recent times.

UN declares Saudi teen a legitimate refugee, asks Aus to consider resettling her

UN declares Saudi teen a legitimate refugee, asks Aus to consider resettling her

The UN has said an 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family is a legitimate refugee and has asked Australia to resettle her, Canberra said Wednesday, as the Twitter-led...

Thailand’s Office of National Buddhism on hunt for hunky monk after six-pack pics go viral

Thailand’s Office of National Buddhism on hunt for hunky monk after six-pack pics go viral

Here’s two things that don’t appear in the same sentence very often: monk and abs (of steel, as it were). And yet here we are. The Office of National Buddhism (ONaB) this...

Monk to be defrocked, charged with asking for, sending nudes on Facebook

Monk to be defrocked, charged with asking for, sending nudes on Facebook

A disgraced Thai monk will be defrocked and charged today with exposing himself to a woman during a Facebook chat and asking her to send nudes. The victim, identified only as...

Thai monks perform roadside CPR on severely injured motorcyclist (VIDEO)

Thai monks perform roadside CPR on severely injured motorcyclist (VIDEO)

A group of monks from Nakhon Ratchasima province has gone viral after footage of them performing CPR on a severely injured motorcyclist — coincidentally on the way back...

Story behind viral drug-busting monk

Story behind viral drug-busting monk

A photo of a monk randomly standing amongst police investigators and busted criminal is going viral in Thailand this week, drawing mockery and juvenile laughter from Thai netizens...

Wild Boars prepare to ordain as novice monks to honor deceased rescuers

Wild Boars prepare to ordain as novice monks to honor deceased rescuers

Eleven members of the Wild Boar youth soccer team, who spent more than two grueling weeks trapped in Chiang Rai’s Luang cave, will be ordained as novice monks tomorrow to honor...

Miss Universe NZ contestants on retreat in Bangkok’s notorious Phra Dhammakaya Temple

Miss Universe NZ contestants on retreat in Bangkok’s notorious Phra Dhammakaya Temple

As part of their Thailand retreat, Miss Universe New Zealand hopefuls spent six hours yesterday “immersing themselves in Buddhist culture” at Phra Dhammakaya Temple —...


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Coconuts Bangkok religion

Bangkok is steeped in religious tradition that affects every aspect of life in this modern-yet-ancient city. It’s quite normal to see sex workers on Soi Cowboy wearing bikinis but offering incense and rice at the red light district’s shrine before engaging a night of debauchery. They hope it will bring them good luck and money from customers. Cats like spirit houses too.