The Tiger Temple

Tiger Temple, or Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua, is a Buddhist temple in Western Thailand which keeps numerous animals, among them several tigers that walk around freely once a day and can be petted by visitors.

I loved these photos because when I was a kid I had a fantasy of having a wildcat that I could sleep next too. My little domestic cats were wonderful and soft, but I imagined it would be that much more wonderful to have them be as big as I was.

More photos and and a website on the temple here.

15 thoughts on “The Tiger Temple

  1. Gianna, I have decided, this is number one on my Bucket list.
    Once I get off Cymbalta and update my passport, i will cash in my 401 and go there.

    If Paul can spare you, please come too.

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  2. I wanna go! I wanna go!

    There is a lovely quote I want to impart

    Fernand Mery
    “God made the cat in order that man might have the pleasure of caressing the tiger.”

    I wonder and would like to caress a tiger.. especially a white tiger.

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  3. oh, Karemenina,
    that’s very disturbing….I didn’t go there..I just found these pictures and found them delightful so I shared them with my readers…

    I certainly hope they don’t drug the tigers…oh…this sort of thing is so sad…

    hopefully they are just well fed and happy….I don’t know…

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  4. Hi Gianna,

    I just came back from the tiger temple and i was shocked how sleepy/unconsious the tigers where. I was thinking they were heavy druged. What was your feeling, where the tigers more alive when you was around?

    Karemenina

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  5. I wanna go…I hear Thailand is one of the safest places for women to travel! Let’s start saving our bucks. Maybe it can be a withdrawal and recovery congratulations present to ourselves! (I predict for me that will be 5 years down the line, and that’s probably how long it would take to save enough for a airline ticket to Thailand anyway!)

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  6. I hope you get to do that one day Gianna, that would be too cool, esp. seeing as that was one of your childhood wishes. 🙂

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  7. OK I’m ready to book a flight!!!
    but I am also reminded of a comedian who was joking about Siegfried & Roy: that the tigers had to have visualized ’em as “walking cheeseburgers”…
    No matter how well they were treated, eventually they had to give in to their urge for a cheeseburger!

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  8. I don’t think petting and hanging around with this “cats” this is a smart idea.

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  9. This is wonderful! thanks Gianna! when I was a teenager a friend had a baby lion cub and I got to hold it. Big cat! Tigers are beautiful aren’t they?

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  10. Gianna, these photos are wonderful! The people look so unafraid, the cats so languid. Thank you.

    Another wonderful thing: I’m glad you’re back. Just getting going with my blog I look to your leadership. Interestingly, I just got a little taste of what you may have dealt with. I wrote a letter to the editor locally that people online generally received poorly. It wasn’t so much the outright dismissals that hurt; it was the sense of wasted effort when it seemed that my point was so little taken. A lot of their bickering back and forth about tangents was also distressing. I wondered, did I not speak in plain English, or what?

    Sue Westwind
    http://www.thenutrientpath.wordpress.com

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