Source: Hindustan Times
Wire Service: AP
On March 10, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "[Winding] past shops selling exotic spices and brilliant fabrics, the path leads to the temple of Siri Guru Singh Sabha, one of the biggest Sikh temples outside India and a thriving symbol of this Southeast Asian country's multiculturalism. Buddhism is the predominant religion in 'the land of smiles,' but 50,000 Sikhs descended from Indian immigrants who began arriving more than 120 years ago live easily alongside their Thai neighbours. At the seven-story golden-domed, marble temple, men wearing colorful turbans and women in elegant saris gather to offer prayers and listen to hymns. The tradition of Sikhism is to sing most prayers, and to outsiders it can sound like an Indian music festival."