Young tourists performing yoga at sacred temple criticised in Thai media

Foreigners showing a total lack of regard towards local customs strike again.

An upset Thai took some photos of young, free-spirited tourists performing a spread eagle move at Chiang Mai’s Ratchabophit Temple. The local then shared the photos online, which is when the criticism started this weekend.

A local news site in Chiang Mai, CM108, posted the photos submitted by its reader and pointed out how extremely inappropriate the tourists were acting.

“A group of farang was found doing a workout [at a temple], supposedly yoga. They spread their arms and legs while their friends were taking photos. This was done in public view of both locals and tourists,” the caption said.

Common temple etiquette requires visitors to remain calm, and act in a composed manner, the report added.

The photos were taken on Dec. 23 before spreading to other media platforms this weekend.

While some agree the yoga is a little too much, most people didn’t pay the photos too much attention, claiming the tourists did not know they couldn’t perform yoga at a temple.

Photos: CM108

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