With the surge of tourists,
overseas workers and immigrants over the years, the
number of religions in Thailand has increased.
Buddhists, residents of Thailand vary from Muslims,
Jews, Hindus, Confucianists, and Catholics.
This is because Thailand has
always extended freedom in religion to everyone,
including foreigners in their land.
Thailand’s religious make up
is approximately 95% Buddhists and 4% Muslims.
remaining 1% is consisted of Catholics, Jews, Confucianists, and Hindus.
One of the duties
assigned to the King of Thailand is to be a protector or
guardian of all religions. So, Thailand government respects
a person’s right to choose his own religion. Every
citizen in Thailand is welcome to preach and practice
whatever religion they believe in. The government leaves the
evaluation and acceptance of new religious organizations to
its existing religious governing bodies.
Only the organizations accepted by these
governing bodies are registered by the government.
But, these unregistered religious organizations are
still free to preach or practice religious
activities as they please. As long as they are not
doing anything illegal, of course. So far, there
have been no reports of serious trouble arising from
religious differences. Religion is also not taken
into account when applying for a job. There are no
religious discriminations in Thailand.
The King however,
has to be a Buddhist as stipulated in Thailand
constitution since Buddhism is Thailand’s primary
Some Buddhist families in
Thailand still practice the tradition of having one male
member indoctrinated with the teachings of Buddha in a
Buddhists reach the age of 21, they are ordained at least
may last from five (5) days to three (3) months.
Buddhists hold this ordainment during the yearly
Rains Retreat—a time of the year when all monks keep
among themselves in monasteries for the whole
duration of the retreat.
these temples has been the strong foundation and
strong contributor in the high literacy rate in
Thailand. Thai temples not only serve religious
purposes, they also act as information gateway about
community news, employment opportunities, health
advisories and other pertinent information for the
welfare of the community. Buddhism in Thailand is
not as exotic or esoteric as depicted in Hollywood
Buddhists simply believe and act according to the Law of
Karma, or the law of cause and effect. Buddhist people
strive to do only good and avoid bad behavior, especially
towards fellowmen. They do this in the pursuit of a better