Templed Out

“Templed out” is a phrase I encountered very shortly after our arrival in Thailand. It’s essentially a state of architectural exhaustion; a fatigue induced by overexposure to Southeast Asia’s most abundant cultural resource: the Buddhist wat. With a practically endless variety of sects, styles, and influences, any attempt to see them all is quite possibly an impossible endeavor. It could take a lifetime, yet so many tourists fall prey to their impulse to at least try. The sheer number of “must see” temples can create a certain pressure on the average schedule and many a hapless backpacker has found their days strung together with little more than temples and sleep … with no end in sight.

Keep off the lawn

Keep off the lawn

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