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Tattoos in Thailand – Everything You Need to Know!

Tattoos have emerged as an art, which is more than just body art. They have become a meaningful way to share ideas and an art that connects cultures. There are several beliefs across different cultures, and something that was considered taboo now it accepted worldwide. This post talks about different types of tattoos popular in Thailand.

A Brief History

 Tattooing dates back to the Khmer Empire at Angkor, where people flaunted intricate designs with the belief that the tattoos not only protect them from danger but also gave them immense power. In Thailand, tattoos also displayed the status and military level of a man.

Wat Bang Phra

Wat Bang Phra is one of the most popular places where visitors of the Kingdom can get a Sak Yant tattoo at the temple of Wat Bang Phra. Every year thousands of people make their way to the temple to get these conventional tattoos. Located at 30 miles to the west of Bangkok, Wat Bang Phra is a Buddhist temple where monks do meditation and is a tattoo studio.

If you are also looking forward to getting a tattoo in Thailand at the Wat Bang Phra, then you will have to carry two-foot-long bamboo stuck or needle. The monks will jab into the skin repeatedly until the design completes. But in case you find it difficult to deal with the pain, there are many other studios where you can get the best tattoo in Thailand using modern electric tattoo machines.

Sak Yant Tattoo

Hollywood actor Angelina Jolie made Sak Yant tattoo extremely popular in 2004, but the tattoo dates back to thousands of years back. Sak means “to do,” and Yany means “yantra” – a mystical diagram. According to people in Thailand, these designs protect them from danger and death, and at the same time, it brings courage, power, and luck.

Muay Thai is one of the most popular arenas where people will get to see the maximum use of Sak Yant tattoo because fighters believe that the design protects them in the ring where they are in front of their opponent.

Buddhist Tattoos

Most of the backpackers make their way to Thailand because they know that nothing could be better than getting a tattoo in Thailand than any other country. Along with a wide range of tattoo styles available, getting a tattoo in Thailand is also quite affordable.

Since Buddhism is the major religion practiced in the country, this is why Buddhist tattoos have become extremely popular. People wanted to get an image of the Buddha on their body to commemorate their journey and for many other regions, including the spirituals one.

When you get a tattoo in Thailand, remember that the head is the most sacred part of the body, and the foot is always considered disrespectful. Thus, if you plan to do so, make sure not to get it below the waste – it is considered offensive.

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