By The Nation (sponsored news)
Bangkok, 26 March 2021 – “Digital Temple Thailand” is a collaborative project between the National Office of Buddhism (ONAB) and IsWhere, a Singapore company. The goal of the venture is to digitize information from Thailand’s 40,000 temples scattered across all the 77 provinces. Thai and foreign Buddhist devotees can learn more about temple and prayer activities happening on the temple grounds safely from their homes prior to venturing out to visit a temple and making merit. The technology platform has been provided free of charge for the temples to use by IsWhere and will incorporate the latest online and cloud-based services. New digital services like Online Donations and Prayers will also be offered to make merit giving easier and safer for all Buddhists during the pandemic and provide a convenient service for the future of Thailand’s temples in this new digital society.
The Digital Temple Thailand national launch will occur once the COVID situation in Thailand stabilizes, however IsWhere platform is already in use with Nakhon Pathom Province of Buddhism, and another 16 provinces coming online in the next months.
Although the technology is offered free of charge for the temples, the cost of operating and servicing Digital Temple Thailand for the benefit of devotees will need to be covered by “sponsors”. IsWhere is therefore seeking help from Thais, foreigner’s and corporates to help sponsor this historical project to launch nationwide over the coming months.
Buddhist devotees, consumers or corporates wishing to sponsor and support this project can visit iswhere.com for more details. Prominent Thai Corporations are enthusiastically joining and supporting the Digital Temple Thailand project including:
Mr.Jatuphat Tangkaravakoon, CEO of TOA Paint (Thailand) PCL. One of the organizations that focus on the development of innovation and technology in tandem with the community. said that in an age where everything is evolving rapidly and never stop. “It is inevitable that digital technology plays a role in our new daily life and work. Including the introduction of digital technology used to spread and inherit Buddhism to make it easier to access our daily life. Making Buddhism as the national religion will remain a place to hold the minds of Buddhists forever. Therefore, it is a good chance that TOA has been a part of this historic project and we encourage more companies to come on board to help the success of this project.”
Huawei, President of Cloud&AI APAC Mr.Daniel Zhou, "In supporting digital temple project, Huawei is supplying cloud technology and other technologies which can handle high traffic usage from millions of IsWhere’s user. Huawei is happy to be a part of this project for the Thais and Corporations in Thailand for a successful of platform launch.
Mr.Terence Mak, Founder & CEO of IsWhere, said: “We welcome sponsors to help us roll out the technology to make this historical project a success for all the temples across Thailand. IsWhere technology can also be used to support other industries in Thailand such as F&B, Travel, Retail and Services. Merchants who wish to join us for this upcoming launch of the Digital Temple in later 2021 are welcome to register on iswhere.com.
Interested in sponsorship? Please contact K. Metee Veerapat at [email protected] or Tel. 098-641-5144