It’s always cool to run across a monk or two when you are visiting a temple in Thailand. It’s even better stumbling upon a whole gaggle of them. If the wat is one of those that includes a school for novice monks you can increase you chances of hitting an orgy of monks by visiting at feeding time.
I hadn’t planned my visit to Wat Phra Singh in Chiang Mai that way, I’d been out wandering from wat to wat for the day and just happened upon this saffron colored feeding frenzy by luck. One of the more important and well-known temples in the city, it has a large school attached and is one of the best to hit if you want to find large numbers of monks at a wat. Lunch time, which due to the number of mouths being fed runs in shifts, is even better. It’s also one of the few times you can point your camera at a monk and not be noticed. Their entire state of consciousness is directed toward the food being ladled out of large pots.
I’d guess from the looks of the not-so-little guy in the foreground of this shot that grabbing seconds, or even thirds, is permitted.
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