An example of exquisite art and architecture, the Wat Thai, Bodhgaya stands two furlong west of the Mahabodhi Mahavihara.
In course of cultural contact between India and Thailand, the then Prime Minister of India Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru invited the Royal Government of Thailand to build a monastery to commemorate the 2500 years of Buddhism. Accordingly, His Majesty the King of Thailand, on behalf of the people of Thailand, built the Wat-Thai (Thai Monastery) Bodhgaya in 1957.
The uposatha building (Temple), is a replica of Wat-Benjamabopitra (Marble Temple) a classical example of Thai architecture. Inside the Uposatha building (temple) there is a huge Astadhâtu statue of the Buddha. There are beautiful paintings in the niches of the walls of the building. This Temple also has a guest house where pilgrims from Thailand come and stay.
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