Foreign tourists to be banned from getting Thai religious tattoos

Thai culture ministry said that foreign visitors should not be able to get culturally insensitive Buddhist tattoos.

Foreign tourists to be banned from getting Thai religious tattoos

Thai culture ministry said that foreign visitors should not be able to get culturally insensitive Buddhist tattoos.

Niphit Intharasombat, the culture minister, said residents have complained that tattoo parlours are etching sacred images of Buddha and other religious images on to the skin of non-Buddhist visitors.

“Foreigners see these tattoos as fashion,” Niphit said on the ministry’s website.

They do not think of respecting religion, or they may not be aware that these tattoos can be offensive, he added.

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Thailand is mostly Buddhist, and Buddha statues and images are considered sacred objects of worship.

Niphit said the culture ministry had asked Thai tattoo parlours to halt the activity.

According to the official news agency, NNT, he also asked provincial governors to “inspect tattoo studios and seek their co-operation”.

NNT also claimed Niphit wants a new law banning the practice.