I am visiting Bangkok, Thailand for about a week from the next Wednesday.
Before the visit to the beautiful country, I got an opportunity to immerse myself in the time trip to the history and world of Theravada Buddhism in Thailand (Siam) through "Brilliant Land of the Buddha (till 4th June)" exhibition currently held at the Kyushu National Museum.
We all know that how modern Thai people continue worshipping the Buddhism with no regards to the ages, and thus all the exhibits showed a great deal of reality to me. Learning its rich influence and relationship with Japan and the world was refreshing.
Theravada Buddhism asks all followers to repeat good behaviors every day during their entire lives in the human world, including sharing fortune and respecting elders and each other; this is the only way to avoid being misplaced to the hell after passing away.
Theravada Buddhism has never been penetrated in Japan, the land of Mahayana Buddhism; however, there were much more influences from the Siam Kingdom via Shuinsen trade (the shogunate government certified trade), and moreover, I learned the firm influence of Hindu brought from India among all the Buddhist and religious reliefs.
1,600 yen per Adult (1,400 yen with presenting JAF membership card) for the entry of Special Exhibit seemed to be expensive initially, but it was definitely worth it. I wish I had enough time to visit the library after that to pursue the fulfilling of my curiosity.
Inside the keidai (premise) of Dazaifu Tenmangu shrine located in the vicinity of the museum.
At Dazaifu Tenmangu; past, present and future bridges,
on which you are never supposed to look back even if someone calls you from behind.
I guess it is the "Past" bridge. Here we go..
Approach to the tenmangu shrine.
Special Starbucks Coffee outlet that is always over-crowded with tourists.