Wat Thai is a Thai monastery situated in Bodhgaya, Bihar, 700 metres away from the Mahabodhi Temple and 1 kilometre from the Bodh Gaya Bus Station. It is one of Bodh Gaya’s magnificent monasteries and one of the city’s must-see locations. It is located close to Maya Sarovar.
The Thai government built Wat Thai Buddhagaya, also known as the Thai Monastery, in 1956 at Jawaharlal Nehru’s request in an effort to strengthen ties between the two countries. The monastery was built with the intention of popularising Buddhism’s philosophical ideas. It is India’s sole Thai temple. The location is perfect for people seeking tranquilly and a respite from the monotony of city life because it is brimming with calm and tranquilly.
Wat Thai Bodhgaya is renowned for its extraordinary construction and breathtaking beauty. It is lavishly gilt and extremely ornate, and it bears striking similarities to the temples of Bangkok. It has a sloped roof with golden tiles on it. One of Bodh Gaya’s most stunning monasteries, the temple’s interior is home to a magnificently crafted, enormous bronze statue of Lord Buddha.
In the area next to Wat Thai Temple, a 25-metre-tall statue of the Lord Buddha has recently been constructed. A number of images depicting the life of Lord Buddha have also been sculpted with Buddhist texts.
Additionally, Wat Thai offers morning and evening meditation classes. The monastery arranges retreats that are held in total silence every January. Together, the retreat’s more than one hundred participants engage in yoga and meditation. For the convenience of visitors, there is a guest house on the monastery grounds.
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