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Samui temples

Koh Samui Culture | Religious structures on Samui Island

The population on Samui Island are basically Buddhists following Buddhism. This is why you get to see thousands of temples or wats here that change in style and size. However whatever size and style they may be of, they follow the principles of Buddhist architecture where a bot or usrosot has to be found within the structures of a temple. This is for the conduction of religious ceremonies in Samui Island like ordinations.

Temples in Samui Island may be a collection of buildings

The Wat in Samui Island is basically a Thai Buddhist temple that does not need to be a single building. Sometimes it is a collection of buildings, monuments and shrines found in a courtyard that is enclosed by a wall. The Bot of Samui Island is considered to be the ordination hall of a Wat where new monks make their vows. It has six boundary stones that define the boundaries of the sanctuary.

The bot is usually open only to monks, faces east and has an altar with one or several Buddha images. You find a chofa, which is a hornlike finial on the roof ridge, which represents the head of Garuda. The Chedi, stupa or pagoda of Samui Island is domed in appearance and tall where you find relics of Buddha and other religious teachers buried.

The sermon hall is the busiest place in the temple in Samui Island

The Mondop or Mandapa of Samui Island is a baldachin structure with temples that have been constructed over the library holding Buddhist scripts. The library of the Wat of Samui Island is the Ho Trai which is usually a small but highly decorated building.

The busiest building in the Wat of Samui Island is the Viharn, the sermon hall. This hall is open to all; but you have to follow temple etiquette when visiting it where you have to be properly dressed, behave properly and don't forget to remove your shoes before entering.

Last Updated: 10 Mar 2008