Iconic Anime Character Painted On Buddhist Temple

Iconic Anime Character Painted on Buddhist Temple

A 700-year-old Buddhist temple in Thailand contains something visitors might find unusual: a blue robotic cartoon cat from the future. That's right, iconic anime character Doraemon.

Picture: CCTV

Earlier today, Japanese website Gigazine introduced Buddhist temple Wat Sampa Siw, which features paintings of anime character Doraemon. This certainly isn't a traditional Buddhist motif, and, as the Bangkok Post previously reported a while back that some people were not happy with the animated cat's inclusion.

Iconic Anime Character Painted on Buddhist Temple

Picture: Gigazine

Iconic Anime Character Painted on Buddhist Temple

Picture: Gigazine

"It's to express my sense of humour. When I was in a fun mood, I painted Doraemon on the mural," artist Rakkiat Lertjitsakul, who painted the mural, told the newspaper. "It's to express my sense of humour. When I was in a fun mood, I painted Doraemon on the mural."

Iconic Anime Character Painted on Buddhist Temple

Picture: CCTV

Iconic Anime Character Painted on Buddhist Temple

Picture: Gigazine

Iconic Anime Character Painted on Buddhist Temple

Picture: Gigazine

Lertjitsakul was brought in to do repairs after the mural was damaged during a flood.

Iconic Anime Character Painted on Buddhist Temple

Picture: CCTV

Iconic Anime Character Painted on Buddhist Temple

Picture: CCTV

When the news originally broke, a temple representative is quoted by Coconuts Bangkok as saying artists were allowed to paint what they want as long as the work teaches Buddhist morals. So now, visitors can see that even Doraemon experiences the law of Karma. However, CNTV reported that the monks had no idea the robot cat would end up on the murals.

"We thought it was lovely and didn't want to remove it," monk Pladkantaphat Kittimetee told CNTV. "Besides, it has attracted a lot of children and young people."

Iconic Anime Character Painted on Buddhist Temple

Picture: Gigazine

Lertjitsakul has been a Doraemon fan since he was a little kid. And as he points out, the character can't really be seen, unless you really look for him. However, there are now Doraemon statues on the temple's ground that you can't help but noticing.

Iconic Anime Character Painted on Buddhist Temple

"The Doraemon [images] should draw children to the temple," explained the artist. "At first, they might come to see the cartoon but once they are here, they will be immersed in something virtuous."

The temple certainly seems open to modern day popular culture as it also features Angry Birds characters.

Iconic Anime Character Painted on Buddhist Temple

Picture: Gigazine

Be sure to check Gigazine for more photos of some of Thailand's most unique Buddhist temples.

ドラえもん寺」など日本だったら怒られそうなタイのお寺4つ [Gigazine] Buddhism discovers Doraemon [The Bangkok Post] Thailand temple enlivened by Doraemon [CCTV]


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    eh, if the monks are cool with it then who cares.

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