Monks march to honor Thailand’s monarchy

Anyone who has travelled from Chiang Rai to Phuket before either by train or bus and complained about the length of the journey can count themselves lucky. Although travelling for more than twelve hours may seem excessive to some, a group of monks recently made the journey in a staggering 99 days.

The months travelled the 2112 kilometres on foot to honor His majesty, King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirigit, setting off in the middle of winter, when temperatures in northern Thailand were near freezing and the monks were dressed simply in their traditional robes and sandals.

There were 65 monks travelling together and their journey took them along dusty roads, through forests and jungles and concrete highways thick with exhaust fumes. “It has not been easy for them,” the Phuket Post quoted Khun Suphorn Wanitchkul, the CEO of the Buddha Mingmongkol Sattha 45 Foundation in Phuket as saying. “They have walked through cold weather, extreme heat and heavy downpours.”

However, the monks’ journey was important, both symbolically and spiritually. The monks gave sermons to people along their way and their march is intended to unite the people of Thailand.

Still, the monks must have breathed a sigh of relief on the 99th day when they crossed the Sarasin Bridge into Phuket.

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