Sala 24 Katanyu (114)

(Pavilion of Icons of Gratitude)


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Thailand is the melting pot of people of different ethnic groups. Mon, Khmer, Laotian, Vietnamese and Chinese descendants came to Thailand with their own cultures and assimilated them with local customs. The Chinese, in particular, brought with them moral principles deep roored in their religion and incorporated them in the upbringing of their children and grandchildren. Among the common merits were gratituide, honesty, kindness and compassion. They implanted these virtues into the minds of their descendants by means of sacred icons for people to come to pay respect and learn about the old teaching. An image of Kuan Yu, for example symbolizes faithfulness and Kuan-Yin represents the Deity of Mercy. For the virtue of giatitude, the Chinese Thai have a tradition of teaching their children from life stories of 24 monks and scholars who symbolize such virtue. This pavilion houses icons of such tevered ascetics and sages.