The Tiger Temple
Travel Blackboard, March 19, 2007
Bangkok, Thailand -- The Tiger Temple or Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua is famed for its practice of conservation and the Buddhist culture of peace. Getting its name from the many tame Indochinese Tigers that freely roam the ground, the Tiger Temple is a popular attraction for many travellers to the country.
Located in Western Thailand, the Buddhist temple was once just a forest temple and sanctuary for numerous animals. In 1999, the temple received its first tiger cub, and since then many tiger cubs have been brought to the grounds as orphans and have been reared by the temple’s monks.
It is a place that is commonly considered to be an animal sanctuary and conservation centre. And it is no surprise when one considers the number and range of wildlife that resides in the temple grounds. Despite this, the monks’ conservation practices have to be considered different from those of the Western world; the tigers of Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua are treated as family members.
With an entry fee of 300 baht or approximately US$10, the funds assist in the completion of the sanctuary. It is currently still in progress and is hoped that it will be completed soon.
For more information, visit the Tiger Temple website at www.tigertemple.org.