The Tiger Temple, or Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua is Theravada Buddhist forest temple,in Thailand. It has been a sanctuary for many endangered animals for quite some time now, including several tigers.
It was founded in 1994 as a forest monastery, where animals could find sanctuary and in 1999 they received their first tiger cub, which died soon after. But they kept receiving tiger cubs from the villagers who probably encountered them wondering through the forest after their mothers were killed by poachers.
The temple is located in the Saiyok district of Thailand’s Kanchanaburi province, not far from the border with Myanmar, some 38 km (24 mi) north-west of Kanchanaburi along the 323 highway.