Phuket – The Giant Buddha – A gaggle of trainee monks

As we parked and walked around the side of the massive Buddha a great gaggle of monks came along all draped in their saffron robes.

A lot of the monks were school kids. They seemed to be marshalled along by some older monks.

The kids were laughing and joking around like any other kids out on a school trip.

They seemed to be wearing name tags!

Some were pretending to be proper monks.

They looked sweet – but I really do not like the idea of young kids being taken and indoctrinated into any religious or political doctrine – no matter how benign that ideology may be.

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