"Mixed Cuture" Ayuthaya Things to Do Tip by suraphona

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  Behind Wat Phanachoeng
by suraphona

While Thailand is predominantly Buddhist, practicing a form called Theravada, it does not force its beliefs on people.
Chinese culture has had a large influence on Thai culture, and many Chinese people live around the country (indeed, Chinese people form the largest minority group in the country).
Most (but not all) have assimilated into mainstream Thai culture, so that young Chinese Thais in particular use Thai names, dress like their Thai friends, and usually don't speak any Chinese.
The type of Buddhism practiced by most Chinese people is called Mahayana, and is quite different from the Thai form -- but, again, it is found wherever Chinese people live.

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  • Written Feb 25, 2003
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