Thailand seeks to ban tourists’ Buddha tattoos (AP) – 1869th Edition

In this March 19, 2011 photo, a foreign tourist has his tattoos admired during a tattoo festival at Wat Bang Pra in Nakhon Chaisi, Thailand. Thailand's Culture Minister Niphit Intharasombat has announced that foreign tourist should be banned from getting religious tattoos while visiting Thailand, saying the practice is culturally insensitive. 'Foreigners see these tattoos as a fashion,' Niphit said in the statement posted on his ministry's website Thursday, June 2, 2011. 'They do not think of respecting religion, or they may not be aware' that it can be offensive. As of yet the practice is still not illegal under Thai law. (AP Photo/David Longstreath)AP – Thailand’s Culture Ministry says foreign tourists should be barred from getting Buddhist tattoos while visiting because the practice is culturally insensitive.

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