Thursday being the first day of Asala Bucha, Buddhist Lent, saw thousands of devout Buddhists visiting the many temples all around the city. There they gathered at the front of the main temple building and by tradition they all slowly marched clockwise around it three times, chanting as they carried flowers, a candle and three incense sticks. One of the busiest temples, Chaimongkol on South Pattaya Road was crowded to capacity throughout the day with everyone taking part to gain merit for themselves and their loved ones. Throughout this religious two day event, bars and most restaurants and entertainment venues are closed as there is a restriction of the sale of alcohol everywhere.
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