GALLERY: Earth Day at Wat Dhammakaya

On 22 April 2022 I was lucky enough to get onto the press list for the annual Earth Day celebrations at the controversial Wat Dhammakaya temple in Rangsit, to the north of Bangkok. This huge temple complex has space for up to a million visitors, but due to the ongoing COVID pandemic it was strictly invitation only.

As usual the temple put on a spectacular display, with over 300,000 lanterns creating a world map when viewed from above. Down on the ground it was still pretty spectacular with hundreds of monks and worshippers creating a truly magical scene.

Big thanks to Khun Ket and the team at Wat Dhammakaya for their hospitality, & to photojournalist Adryel Talamantes for getting me on the list.