New Robes

Monks being ordained at Wat Benjamabophit, the last major Buddhist complex to have been built in Bangkok, Thailand. Monks at this wat are the only ones in Bangkok who do not seek alms around the city but line up each morning outside the wat, waiting for alms to be delivered to them.


It was just good luck that we were here on a day of ordainment. We were on our way out of the complex when we stumbled across this room. There were some local newspaper photographers covering this and they gave me the 'thumbs up' sign to indicate that it was OK if I took some photos, too.


These candidates are called naga after the snake that was once said to have been accidentally ordained as a monk. They had to recite phrases in Pali, the original language of Buddhism, and their watching parents had to do the same. When the chanting was over, the parents presented the new monks with their robes and the monks turned around and prayed three times to the Buddha statue before filing out of the room.

  • Paulina Ullah 9y

    very nice
  • Tut99 (Roger) 9y

    Very nice shot and great info! THanks.
  • ANNE 9y

    How I love shots like this!
    Great composition and I love the story that you added. Tales like that are giving depth to photo´s!

  • yolanda_s19 9y

    Beautiful photo and wonderful description. Thank you for sharing!
  • Zuvor 9y

    wow, what an experience!


    Great shot !
    Thank you for your visiting!
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Taken in December 2003
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