By The Nation
The tourist, whose Instagram account is soseguri that has 546 followers, deleted the photo and published an apology early on Friday.
"I am very sorry for the picture that I posted yesterday. I want to apologise to all the Thai and Buddhist people that have been harmed by my acts. It was not my intention," he posted.
His picture was widely shared and drew a lot of criticism.
In the pictutre posted he typed "Presenting my respect to Buda ... #thailand#buda # handstand #workinghard #have fun."