Welcome to the land of Buddha, where the tranquility is contagious, and the monasteries are a must-visit!
Wat Thai, is located just 700 meters away from the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya, Bihar. This Thai Monastery is unique and exceptional, and we can’t wait to tell you why!
The story behind the construction of this magnificent temple is quite amusing. Back in 1956, India’s then-Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, asked the Thai government to construct a temple to strengthen the ties between the two countries. And guess what? The Thai government granted his wish!
The temple itself is a spectacle to cheer, with its striking resemblance to the temples in Bangkok. The sloping roof is covered with golden tiles, and the overall design is highly ornamental. As you step inside, you’ll find a massive bronze statue of Lord Buddha, with his hair neatly tied in a bun. And if that’s not enough, a recently erected 25-meter-high statue of Lord Buddha in the garden will take your breath away!
Apart from the visual delights, Wat Thai is also an excellent place for meditation enthusiasts. They offer morning and evening meditation classes, and every year in January, they organize retreats that are held in complete silence. This retreat can accommodate up to 135 people who practice meditation, yoga, and attend interactive sessions on daily life issues and liberation.
However, smoking is strictly prohibited during the retreat. So, if you’re planning on taking a puff, you might want to rethink your itinerary!
Overall, Wat Thai is one of the most beautiful and peaceful monasteries in Bodhgaya, and it’s a must-visit place for everyone. So, pack your bags, put on your comfortable shoes, and get ready to explore the exquisite beauty of Wat Thai!