While traveling around the partially-rebuilt ruins in Ayutthaya, I encountered more than my fair share of Buddhas. My Thai friend explained that we should give a donation, and place the gold leaf on Buddha, to "pay respect" by showing that we want to protect him in glamorous gold. This Buddha has been covered in gold leaf by people from all walks of life. Earlier in the day, we shook sticks to find our fortunes, we got the same good fortune after one try. Later, we stuck a coin to the bottom of Buddha's foot and it stayed after a second try, a sign that our wish will come true. "Buddha is telling us to never give up," she said.