|Thailand Buddha Image|
Images of the Buddha were originally created as an object of worship and as a means of spreading the Buddha's message and the Buddha images were created not simply to represent the Buddha's physical characteristics but his teachings too. Overtime, and in different locations within the kingdom, the specific form of Buddha images has undergone subtle changes, creating visibly different characteristics that reflect the cultural values, craftsmanship and the influences of neighbouring countries of the period.
The modern traveler can wander through Thailand and experience Buddhism's rich past. Evidence can be found in the ancient ruins, archaeological finds and beautifully preserved museum pieces, not to mention the ornate architecture and rich decoration of the many Buddhist Wats (temples). In fact, in a country of almost 70 million people there is said to be more than 30,000 Buddhist Wats and over 300,000 monks. This gives the modern traveler plenty of opportunity to explore some of this rich Buddhist history, if he can find the time.