Thailand Culture: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Jennifer Lowery

Jennifer has taught elementary levels K-3 and has master's degrees in elementary education and curriculum/instruction and educational leadership.

The Asian country of Thailand is full of history, tradition, and culture. In this lesson learn about the foods, religion, languages, and practices that make this country so special!

Ancient Asian Country

If you travel to the Asian continent, you will find the country of Thailand. It is partly a peninsula (surrounded by water on almost all sides) and it borders several other countries, including Myanmar, Laos, and Cambodia. Thailand was originally called Siam and although the name has changed, many residents still call it by the old name. This country is rich in history and tradition, and this is what makes its culture unique today!

Religious History

The religion of Buddhism has a deep history in Thailand spanning thousands of years. This religion teaches that people have more than one life, and what they do in one life may have a significant impact on their next life. Buddhist monks are officials of the religion who teach the Buddhist ways, and many live in separate areas with other monks.

Buddhist monks in Thailand teach the ways of the religion to others.
Monastery

It is easy to see the influence of Buddhism on buildings and sculptures in Thailand as well. Buddhist temples are found throughout the country, and it is common to see statues of Gautama Buddha. He started the Buddhist religion thousands of years ago.

Economy

Thailand depends a lot on farming for support of the economy. The warm tropical weather makes it a good place to grow rice, and this is a major cash crop for Thailand. However, farming is becoming less common as more businesses and industries come to Thailand.

Still, there are unique ways that people earn money. In the capital city of Bangkok, many people sell handmade crafts and items in something called a floating market. Here people load their goods on boats to sell. Many tourists enjoy visiting these floating markets, and tourism is another big part of Thailand's economy.

Floating markets are popular places for tourists and residents to buy handmade goods.
Thailand vendor

Thailand Cuisine

Since rice is a major crop grown in Thailand, many of its dishes contain different types of rice. Thai food often contains spices that can be sweet or salty. Also since a large part of the country borders water, many Thai dishes include seafood like shrimp or fish.

Dishes in Thailand frequently include rice and seafood.
cuisine

Sauces are made using spices like ginger, and liquids like lime juice and fish sauce. It is common to enjoy delicious foods from markets along the streets of Bangkok. Thai cuisine is not only popular in Thailand, but all over the world.

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