Religions are often excellent fundraisers and here in Bangkok the Buddhists are no exception. Indeed, accepting alms has long been part of a Buddhist monk’s daily routine. In Wat Pho, Bangkok a huge statue of a reclining Buddha covered in gold attracts large numbers of visitors, and they are well provided with opportunities to gain merit by making a financial contribution. This temple’s tradition is to give a 20 Bhat note and receive a handful of old currency in exchange. These coins can then be dropped melodically into a long line of bowls as an offering. Though a relatively small sum the accumulated amount from large numbers of visitors may certainly helps to maintain the popular and extensive Wat Pho temple site.
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