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Ang Sila Chinese Temple Chonburi Province

It's fair to say the Chinese Temple at Ang Sila in the province of Chon Buri is one of the most beautiful buildings throughout the Kingdom of Thailand.

Ang Sila Chinese Temple - Wat Thep Phuttharam - is one of the most spectacular and beautiful Chinese Temples in Thailand. It is full of Chinese artefacts and an important place of worship for Chinese Thais.

Buddhist Temple "Wat Thep Phuttharam"

It is a Buddhist Temple – Wat Thep Phuttharam – of the Mahayana Buddhism Chinese branch of Thai Buddhism.

It is the oldest of the Mahayana monasteries and was built in the Thai year 2480 (English = 1937).

The temple was created by the Thera Chinese sect which has the Master ‘Tak Hee’ as the primary source of teaching Mahayana Buddhism.

There is no doubt that Ang Sila Chinese Temple is one of the amazing tourist attractions in Chonburi.

Nonetheless, it should also be respected as being an important place of worship for Buddhist Thais - especially those with Chinese ancestry.

The temple is near enough to Bangkok to be visited by the Chinese population of the metropolis, and the province of Chonburi has rich associations with Chinese past and present.

As with many temples in Thailand, there is a very relaxed regime for tourists and visitors, and understanding that such visitors may not always be aware of Temple Culture.

Ang Sila Chinese Temple Chonburi ProvincePhotography is allowed in all the exterior areas, but not so in the main worship rooms where there are many Buddha images and a stunning collection of ornamental relics and artefacts.

Dress should be respectful, with ladies covered arms and not-too-short shorts or dresses.

It is normal for men to have shorts below the knee.

All that being said, there is also a realisation that tourists may be unaware of the dress code before their visit. If other respect is shown, then such lack of knowledge will be accepted.

The spectacular decoration of the exterior of the temple is matched and sometimes offset with the subtle original Chinese painted wall murals that have been painstakingly provided by Chinese Thai artists.

Each of the three floors is home to objects of worship - some specific to the Chinese - but all steeped in the country's Buddhist traditions.

There are exterior balconies where photographs of the surrounding grounds and other exterior delights may be photographed for personal and commercial use.

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