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The Happy Monk Statue ~ Thailand

A Statuette of a happy monk asking for alms beside a temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand.


If you have ever visited temples in Thailand, you have probably seen these little stone-carved statues of monks in the premises.

They are often little chubby monks in bright orange robes with a huge smile or a very peaceful expression holding their bowls to receive the alms. They are often placed in green areas around the temples.

I don’t really know the story behind the statuettes, or if there even is a story, but I feel it adds some life and positive energy to the area. How can you not smile when you find it on your way?


Quick Tips:

When you notice some dust while looking through the viewfinder, do not panic. First, put your camera on manual mode, and take a photo of something very bright with a slow shutter speed (1/2 sec and above)  and a very small aperture (f/11 and above). Check the photo you got on the preview (it should be an almost white screen). If you notice dust on the photo, you probably have dust inside the camera (not good). If you don’t notice any dust on the photo, it’s very probably dust on the viewfinder (no problem). Take a little napkin/brush/cloth and clean your viewfinder with it.


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