I think there are at least two Buddhist temples out at Monkey Mountain. We went up to one of them, climbing high up on tall steps. The sun was baking hot, and I was ready to have a heart attack when I got up there. The "temple" wasn't much, and they were trying to suck as much money as possible out of believers and non-believers alike. There were several boxes both inside and outside where you could donate, and they actually had some glass displays of stuff you could buy inside the fuckin' prayer room. Now, that's some hardcore mix of church and mammon!
All pics here.
Some sourfaced statue at the bottom of the stairs. I thought Buddha was supposed to smile?
Religious display or extremely elaborate dollhouse? You be the judge.
The charming tackiness that is Thailand incarnate.
Heathen mumbo jumbo house.
Bells. Apparently you're supposed to pay good money to walk around and gently touch each one. I might consider forking up a few hundred to bang away with a proper baseball bat.
The temple had one redeeming feature - nice views over Hua Hin.