Thai Temple is one of the most recent additions, among those popular Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Sarnath. In the year 1993, this magnificent temple was erected by Thai dignitaries who visited Sarnath. Adorned with fragrant gardens, the temple is regarded as one of the must-see places in Sarnath. Also known as Wat Thai, the temple complex features an ancient tree covered in an attractive shawl of gold leaf. Adorned with manicured gardens, the Thai temple is built in the Thai architectural style and is run by Thai Buddhist monks. Just before the main temple, there is a statue of the Laughing Buddha and a statue of Lord Buddha delivering a sermon to his disciples. Another idol of Lord Buddha is seen in the Bhumiparsha mudra in the temple. An important highlight of the Thai temple in Sarnath is the 80-foot-tall statue of the Buddha in a standing position.