Bamrung Muang Road

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Nov
2021

Bamrung Muang Road

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Bamrung Muang, like Charoen Krung, was an elephant trail until the 20th century, when it became one of Thailand’s first paved roads. The stretch between Maha Chai Road and the Giant Swing provides an enlightening peek into the thriving business behind the Buddhist practice of merit-making. Along here the road is lined with shops selling religious paraphernalia: monks’ robes, votive candles, and Buddha images of all shapes and sizes, many rather incongruously packaged in cellophane. Monks shop here for temple essentials; other people buy offerings and shrines for the home. Although the religious objects look enticing to tourists, they are not intended as souvenirs: images of the Buddha cannot be taken out of the country without an export license.

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