Virtual prayers, live-stream weekend market sales prop up tourism in Thailand

Services are available where "hired worshippers" will make prayers, wishes or offerings on behalf of the devotees. ST PHOTO: TAN TAM MEI
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BANGKOK - Restrictions on international travel have made it almost impossible for some devotees to make their annual pilgrimage to the well-known Erawan Shrine in Bangkok, but merchants in Thailand have found a novel solution to the problem.

Services to make online votive offerings have sprung up in the past year, allowing devotees overseas to "pay" their respects and make offerings through videos or live-streaming.

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