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Pattaya Daily News

02 June 2011 :: 15:06:38 pm 54386

Tattooed Tourists Welcomed In Thailand, Culture Minister Says

According to an earlier International media report, the Culture Minister Nipit Intarasombat told the media that Thailand has ordered a crackdown on tourists with religious images tattooed on their bodies while visiting Thailand.
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However, at an interview with Pattaya Daily News reporter, Minister Nipit denied making any statements against tourists with religious tattoos.

Minister Nipit clarified that tourists with religious tattoos will not be prohibited from entering Thailand.

The warning is directed at those tattoo shops that allow etching sacred images onto tourists’ bodies especially on the lower body parts such as ankles, Minister Nipit said.

Minister Nipit said it was a misunderstanding by foreign Media that Thailand would do a body check on tourists while visiting the kingdom.

However, in collaboration with relevant authorities, strict measures will be taken for religious images used for commercial purposes, Minister Nipit stated.

Yantra Tattooing in Thailand

In many cultures around the world, tattoos are used as a way to signify status positions and are believed to offer supernatural protection. Magical tattoos in Thailand are very popular, in particular Yantra tattoos.

History & Symbolism of the Traditional Thai Tattoo

The traditional tattoo in Thailand is called “Sak Yant”. It is quite difficult to pinpoint the exact origins of this art as it is so old the history has almost been lost. Many countries have laid claim to the birth of this ancient art, but it is believed to have originated from the Khmer period approximately 3,000 years ago. Proof of the age of the tattoo in the form of mummies, have been discovered in and around the Philippines sporting Bamboo tattoos which are still visible.

Origins of the Tattoo

The word ‘Tattoo’ comes from the Tahitian word ‘Tattau, which means ‘to mark’ and was first mentioned in records written by the explorer James Cook in 1769 during his expedition the South Pacific.


Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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