Last updated: 04:00 PM ET, Wed July 13 2016

Spanish Tourist Being Deported from Myanmar for Tattoo of Buddha

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | July 13, 2016

Spanish Tourist Being Deported from Myanmar for Tattoo of Buddha

A Spanish tourist has reportedly been kicked out of Myanmar after local monks saw a tattoo of Buddha on his leg and reported him to local authorities.

According to, the unidentified tourist was detained in the ancient town of Bagan after monks informed local police that the tattoo on his right leg was inappropriate. The tourist was then transported from Bagan to Yangon.

Authorities speaking on the condition of anonymity confirmed the tourist was arrested for his exposed Buddha tattoo and will be deported to Bangkok, Thailand.

The arrest comes as a Buddhist nationalist movement is occurring in Myanmar and the influence of religious figures appears to be hardening. This isn’t the first case of tourists getting themselves in trouble with tattoos of Buddha, either.

In 2015, a New Zealand man named Phillip Blackwood was imprisoned for 10 months because he used an image of “psychedelic” Buddha to promote a bar discount on Facebook. The year prior, a Canadian tourist was also arrested for a leg tattoo of Buddha.


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