- A thief stole an ancient stone from the Buddhist temple Wat Chaiwatthanaram in Thailand
- The thief returned it to the park with an apology letter, flowers joss sticks and candles
- The park director revealed that the thief returned it because it brought him bad luck and illness
A thief learned the hard way that sacred objects are worthy of respect.
A sacred ancient brick from the famous Wat Chaiwatthanaram in Thailand’s Ayutthaya Historical Park was stolen and taken as a souvenir. But to the surprise of the park’s director, Sukanya Baonerd, it was returned back to the temple.
The director revealed that the brick was returned together with flowers, joss sticks, candles and a letter of apology. The visitor who stole it said that it brought nothing but bad luck and illness.
Director Sukanaya was quoted by Bangkok Post saying, “The beliefs of people in our society are not nonsense. If you do not believe that, at least do not look down on it.”
“The person who took the ancient brick apparently faced a negative mystical incident. Such beliefs exist in many countries,” she added.
Wat Chaiwatthanaram is a Buddhist temple constructed by King Prasat Thong. It is the first temple of his reign and is a memorial of his mother’s residence. The temple’s name literally means the “Temple of long reign and glorious era.”