Buddhism is the main religion of Thailand. About 94 to 95% of people in Thailand are Buddhist; hence it is an integral part of their culture and tradition. The Buddhists are very peaceful and spiritual people because the very principle of their religion is non violence. They live their life with utmost simplicity and spread the message of love and peace wherever they go. They are very spiritual people and elaborately express their devotion to the god, the Buddha.
They have magnificent temples which are called monasteries, where they perform various rituals and chant prayers from their religious books to connect to god and pray for peace and harmony. There are about more than 40,000 Buddhist temples in Thailand spread far and wide across the country. Almost every nook and corner of the country has a Buddhist temple, where people offer their prayers to their god. Some of the temples are centuries old and have high regard in the religious life of the Thais. Some temples have been destroyed in time and only their ruins remain.
The Buddhist temples in Thailand have been classified into different categories like royal temples and temples according to the region. The Royal temples have been further classified into special class, first class, second class and third class. Region wise classification includes Northern, North-eastern, Western, Eastern, Central and Southern Thailand. These temples are widely popular for their elaborate architecture, stunning murals, fascinating Buddha images and paintings and its historical and cultural significance.