Posted By Lester V Ledesma
A crowd of monks meditate quietly inside a glass display case at Bangkok's Buddhist market on Bamrung Muang Road:

Silent monks

These 8-inch high statues are so lifelike, they even have details like freshly-shaven hair, liver spots, moles - you name it. Best of all, they have life-sized versions modeled after real monks.

What do they use these for? Well, in the nearby town of Amphawa, I saw one such statue resting on an altar commemorating a long-dead monk. In front of it was a little coin box - you dropped a coin inside and it automatically played an audio recording of one of the man's lectures. Sitting there and listening to it was probably better than watching a video!

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