Question 1: This temple is found amid the ruins of the former capital of the Ayutthaya Kingdom of Siam. Which country are we in?
Correct Answer: Thailand
Fact: The Ayutthaya Kingdom, considered a precursor of modern Thailand, existed between 1351 and 1767, growing in power to rule the region. It was centered around the city of Ayutthaya, and when the city fell to besieging Burmese forces in 1767, the 417-year-old kingdom came to an end.
Question 2: Wat Chaiwatthanaram, the temple in today’s image, is dedicated to which religion?
Correct Answer: Buddhism
Fact: Buddhism originated in India and spread throughout Asia and is now the fourth-largest religion in the world. Buddhist temples in Thailand are called 'wat'—which means enclosure—referring to the buildings' purpose of dividing the religion from the mundane world.
Question 3: Which cat breed is native to Thailand?
Correct Answer: Siamese
Fact: Siamese cats are native to Thailand, which was historically known as Siam. They have bright blue eyes and a triangular head shape. The elegant cats became hugely popular in North America and Europe in the 19th century.