Foreign monks 'ain't misbehaving'
Amid allegations that some holy men visiting the Kingdom are breaching standards of conduct, the head of Bangkok's Wat Talom says the non-Thais staying there just want to further their religious studies
The abbot of Bangkok's Wat Talom knows that the growing number of foreign monks staying there is causing disquiet in the local community, following complaints of overcrowding, soliciting cash and "improper" behaviour. Phra Maha Somnuek Chutintaro says the number of foreign monks at the temple in Phasicharoen district now totals 316, with the majority from Myanmar (160) followed by Bangladesh (60) and Cambodia (50) and the remainder from India, Vietnam and Laos.
''They are attracted by word of mouth,'' Phra Maha Somnuek said. He pointed out that many temples do not want to be responsible for foreign monks. For example, nearby Wat Liab has received only 10 of them. ''So they recommend them to Wat Talom,'' Phra Maha Somnuek said.
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