The Sydney Morning Herald reports on a phenomenon in Thailand:
November 28, 2005
SHOPPERS in Thailand will soon also be able to get their daily dose of dharma under a plan to install monks in department stores. Agence France-Presse reports that under the "meet the monk in a quiet corner" project, the Ministry of Culture plans to rent out space in stores where shoppers can have a quiet chat with clergy.
"People nowadays have no time to go to temples, only shopping malls," the Culture Minister, Uraiwan Thienthong, was quoted as saying by local media. "They can get closer to religion if we provide the opportunity."