When visiting Buddhist monasteries in Phuket ...
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As said elsewhere in these pages, Buddhist monasteries throughout Thailand are open for outsiders to enter at will during daylight hours, so long as they observe a few simple, common-sense rules: modest dress (especially for women, who should not reveal their bodies too much), not disturbing monks and others who may be meditating, removing shoes before entering buildings and acting respectfully towards all religious objects or monks one might come across within the monastery grounds.
Here in Phuket, as in all Buddhist monasteries in Thailand, one will find a powerful amalgam of ancient Thai culture and real Buddhist teaching. Not everything within the grounds of a Thai 'wat' is pure Buddhism, with many elements coming from the pre-Buddhist beliefs of the Thai people. Even the images of Buddha, some would point out, do not reflect the real essence of Buddhism. The Buddha himself was a rebel against a form of Hinduism in which many idols were worshipped, and told his followers clearly that they should not worship images. Thai monks might point out that they merely show respect to the Buddha and his teachings through the images, but do not 'worship' them.
Whatever your interest in Buddhism while in Thailand, be it casual or serious, one can find both answers and questions right here in Phuket – while taking an interesting tour through the core of Thailand's long culture.