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 — you know, the monastery infamous for its commercialization of Buddhism and alleged money-laundering ex-abbot. The pageant’s 20 finalists touched down in Thailand on Monday for a week-long retreat that promises ...

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Firebrand Thai monk charged over amulet fraud

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No Buts About It: Butt-exposing woman at Buddhist temple found and fined

No Buts About It: Butt-exposing woman at Buddhist temple found and fined

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Oh My Buddha! Classless foreign woman disrespects Bangkok temple with bare feet and butt

Oh My Buddha! Classless foreign woman disrespects Bangkok temple with bare feet and butt

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Koh Samui resort removes beach Buddha after photo citing inappropriateness goes viral

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This German Buddhist monk just became the highest ranking foreign holy man in Thailand

This German Buddhist monk just became the highest ranking foreign holy man in Thailand

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Blacklisted big-legged beggar takes Muslim name, thinks it’ll help him enter Thailand

Blacklisted big-legged beggar takes Muslim name, thinks it’ll help him enter Thailand

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Thai tour guide charged, license revoked for disrespecting Wat Arun

Thai tour guide charged, license revoked for disrespecting Wat Arun

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Insta butt bros booted to U.S. after 2 weeks in Thai jail, but is ass account back?

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Butt photo boys to face breach of computer crime act, religious insult charges

Butt photo boys to face breach of computer crime act, religious insult charges

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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.