Alaska gains first consecrated Thai Buddhist temple

    Only one temple per year is consecrated in Thai Buddhism, meaning that, among other things, monks can be ordained at the temple.

    Anchorage is now home to the first consecrated Thai Buddhist temple in Alaska.

    A three-day ceremony at Wat Alaska Yanna Vararam on D Street brought Buddhists from around the world, from Bangkok to the Carolinas.

    The consecration means, among other things, that monks can be ordained at the temple.

    Only one temple per year is consecrated in Thai Buddhism - the main religion of Alaska's Hmong community - which grew over the last decade to more than 3,500 people.

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