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In pictures: Monks in commercial Bangkok
Buddhism v commercialism

Wat Pathum Wanaram was originally built as a quiet Buddhist retreat on the outskirts of Bangkok.

But the temple is now sandwiched between the city's newest shopping centre, Siam Paragon, and the construction site of another huge complex, Central World. In front of it, cars and buses fume down a six-lane highway, underneath the city's main rail link.

Here assistant abbot Phra Kru Sri Wisankun describes how the monks live, renouncing worldly values yet living next to Gucci and Starbucks.

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