TIGER TEMPLE THAILAND " Buddhist Tiger Temple Kanchanaburi " Tiger Temple –the Wildlife Heaven
Wat Pa Luangta Bua Yannasampanno was established by the Abbot Phra Acham Phuis ( Chan ) Kanthitharo in 1994 by order of his teacher Venerable Luata Maha Bua Yannasmpanno (The highly respected and famous meditation guru). The name of the monastery was also given by the Venerable Luangta Maha Bua to follow his full name.
Since its opening Wat Pa Luangta Bua gained a repulation as a wildlife sanctuary , It started with an injured jungle fowl given to the monk by the villagers. Then peacocks came attracted by the calls of by then rather large colony of jungle fowl. An injured wild boar stumbled in to the monastery and the monks cared for him until he could be released back into the forest.
The next day he came back followed by his family group of about 10 animals. Now a countless number of wild boars find shelter in the monastery. Villagers also started to bring in unwanted per: four species of deer moved in followed by buffalo, cow, horses and wild goats. All these animals are roaming the grounds of the monastery freely.
The first tiger cub arrived in the monastery in February 1999.
It was a female cub of Indochinese tiger subspecies (Panthera tiger corbetti) and her condition was very poor. When she was only a few months old her mother was killed by poachers near the Thai-Burma border. The cub was sold to a wealthy Bangkok resident who ordered her stuffed. A local was hired to do the job, which fortunately he did not finish. And though he infected her in the neck with preservative formalin the cub survived. When she arrived to the monastery she was frail and terrified of the slightest sound. Under the loving care of the monks the cub recovered but in July 1999 she fell seriously ill and died. People who know about the incident did not want to see another cub mistreated again. However, it was not to be. The monastery is situated in Kanchanaburi province – an area lying adjacent to Burma. The Western Forest Complex that stretches along the boarder is the largest protected area in Asia and believed to be the home of the largest surest surviving tiger population in the region. Unfortunately, while this area is protected poaching still occurs rather frequently. A Thai poacher can get up to US $5,800 for killing a tiger, several years’ salary for a farmer. The profit is well worth the risk. And when the mother tiger is killed the cubs are taken as a bonus or left to fend for themselves in the jungle.Just a few weeks after the first cub has died two healthy male cubs intercepted from the poachers were brought to the monastery. They were tiny – just a few weeks old. A few months later the local villagers presented another two male cubs. And soon after the border police patrol intercepted cubs held by poachers and contributed four female cubs, achieving tiger harmony. The Abbot welcomed the animals and as he had no previous experience in looking after large carnivores he had to learn on the job. At first he build some concrete pans – all he could afford, to house the growing cubs in order to prevent them from killing other temple’s animals.
As the years went by the tigers grew up and to abbot’s surprise and delight started to reproduce. However, as the tiger family grew the abbot became faced with the need to create more living space for his charges. As early as in 2003 the Abbot conceived an ambitious plan to create a large open air enclosure where each tiger would be given 1 rai of land. He sat the land aside and construction began.
The forest monastery focuses on practising meditation. There is accommodation for those who are interested in meditation, and wish to stay within the temple. The interested people have to dress everyday in polite white clothing. Woman should stay in a group (With at least one man within that group, for the purpose of communication with the monks). For more details, please ask for information at the office of Wat Pa Luangta Maha Bua Yannasampanno Foundation or Tiger Temple Tiger Temple Background
Wat Pa Luangta Bua Yannasampanno ( Tiger Temple)
rais Forest Monastery, is located at Saiyok District in Kanchanaburi Province along 37 kilometre of the highway number 323. The objectives of the monastery are to propagate Buddhism and to conserve forests and wildlife.
1. Tiger Canyon : The tigers are taken here for their afternoon exercise from 1-3.45 pm.
2. Tiger Walking Way : The road for tigers waking from their cages to canyon. In the morning and evening, foods are provided to wild animals along this road.
3. Dhamma Plaza : The area where Vanerable Luangta Maha Bua gave the sermon on the gold offering ceremony for saving the country held on 4/4/2004
4. Three Tiger falls
5. Tiger Island Area: Tiger Island has been completed for 90% with the construction cost of Baht 60 million as of 2008.
6. The auspicious Bodhi tree: The Bodhi tree is a symbol of the Lord Budha. It is the tree in which the Lord Budha was enlightened under, on the full moon night of the 6th month. Lungta maha Bua plante the Bodhi tree on 11th May 1995 as the auspicious time in the building of the monastery.
7. Chao Khun Maha Bua Yannasampanno 84 Year Compassion Pavilion (SALA)
(on the occasion of the 84th birthday of Venerable “Luangta” used as the temple of the monastery. It’s the place to locate the principal Budha Image (The Golden Jubilee Buddha Image)
8. The Golden Jubilee Buddha Image is placed in the Chao khun Maha Bua Yannasampanno 84 year Compassion Pavilion. The Buddha Image was made from 80 kg of Gold, His Majesty the king offered his personal riches to buil this Buddha Image on the occation to build this anniversary on the throne. Luangta Maha Bua Presided at the gold pouring ceremony on 27th July 1996
9. Luang Phor Phud Son Buddha Image
Is a huge Budha Image in seated position, Located between two small hills at the Preaching Ground on the western side of the monastery? Visitors can see the panoramic view of the monastery at this point. Frequently asked questions Why are the tigers asleep?
Most cat species sleep through the heat of the day, They become more active in the evenings when the temperatures cool off.
What to wear to a Buddhist Temple? Correct Clothing
please dress respectfully in the Tiger Temple
You will NOT be allowed to enter the Temple it you wear
RED, ORANGE of Bright PINK LADIES: Must be covered
Shoulders to Knees.
No tank tops, Show Skirts,
Shot Shorts, Shawts or Wraps
if you do not have correct clothing, items can be purchased from Entrants ( Office Ticket of Tiger Temple )
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Daily Tour Departure from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi with pick you up from hotels in Bangkok.