Temple Etiquette While Travelling

Temple Etiquette While Travelling

In general, temples are open to everyone. They are not just beautiful structures, but have a very pleasant, calm, soothing atmosphere. Observing some very simple rules regarding the proper behaviour for temples and other religious places will make your visit more memorable.

  • Dress in modest clothing. Ladies - a skirt, dress or pants that covers the knees and a top with sleeves that covers the shoulders and is not transparent. Men - long pants and a shirt that covers the shoulders. No shorts!
  • Shoes and hats should be removed before entering the temple. Leave shoes outside, placed where they won’t block the doorway.
  • Women should not touch monks; men should not touch nuns. This includes shaking hands. Instead, simply bow which is a respectful sign of greeting.
  • Never point with your feet or sit with the soles of the feet facing the Buddha images.
  • Stay off the Buddha statues. Do not climb on them, sit next to them for a picture or put them on the floor.
  • Cell phones and pagers must be in silent mode or turned off.
  • Most important is the attitude of the person who is visiting; a positive attitude goes a long way. No one will fault a person who has never visited a Buddhist Temple or Monastery.

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