Many of tourists visit Thailand with information acknowledged about Thai-Buddhist temples, while many do not. Unfortunately, some of media are poor of research and realization about the religion, the worse is some of them are media in Thailand, giving the improper information about Buddhism.
Buildings located in a Thai-Buddhist temple are placed with meanings that ones should be noted.
A temple, Thai-Buddhist one has differently functional buildings. Let’s learn.
There are 3 zones of a temple. Please note that there are only some of significant temples have all of these buildings.
1. Buddhawas Zone means the place of the Buddha imaged by the Buddha images and used for holy ceremonies inclusively located a pagoda (เจดีย์ – Chedi), a pavilion (พระมณฑป – Monedope), a stupa (พระปรางค์ –Phra-Praang), a church (อุโบสถ – U-Bosot), a Vihara or a temple hall. This zone requires most respects.
2. Sankhawas Zone means the place for the monks where includes a Gudhi or the place for an individual monk to stay, a food storage, a canteen or Haw-shaan, a row of bathrooms and a row of toilets, a school room, a library for Buddhist books, a boiling place, a pavilion of teaching people or Dhamma-sala, it’s possibly put a water-front pavilion or Sala-thanaam.
3. Thaw-ra-ni-song Zone means the area on the right of the temple that can be a school, a market or else benefiting the community.
Please be polite with dressing, language and your mind while spending time in a temple.
Read more: how to dress properly for a temple visit http://en.mthai.com/thaiculture/4436.html