three wise monkeys

“See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”

Now why our fascination?

Actually it all started before we began travelling… we were given a statue of the 3 wise monkeys that had been picked up in Thailand. Coincidentally around the same time, we were given plush toys of the three. Thus began our love affair with collecting three wise monkeys. We pick them up wherever we see them and always keep a look out particularly when we are overseas.

Although we see them on holidays, bringing them home is not always possible or practical: the sizes can be problematic as can be the material in which they are made: wouldn’t want to risk any wooden ones not getting into Australia.

To see our collection so far: check out our monkey gallery & not quite monkeys gallery

In Malta, we couldn't pick these up as they were not only big but carved from wood and unsealed
In Malta, we couldn’t pick these up as they were not only big but carved from wood that was unsealed
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7 thoughts on “three wise monkeys

    tokyo5 said:
    October 8, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Did you see the shrine in Nikko, Japan with the 三猿 (three wise monkeys)?

    Those monkeys are originally from Nikko, Japan! You can buy many “three wise monkeys” souvenirs there!

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      October 9, 2015 at 7:53 am

      We certainly did visit the shrine in Nikko! We HAD to see where it all began 🙂

    gapark said:
    February 25, 2014 at 2:54 am

    interesting hobby! I hope to travel more once we are retired (18 months!) Look forward to reading of your adventures. Thanks for visiting me. gail

      wisemonkeysabroad responded:
      February 25, 2014 at 5:58 am

      Hi Gail, thanks for visiting & following our blog! Our 3 wise monkeys collection is a very ‘different’ hobby and we certainly don’t spend too much time on them. We just like to try & pick them up as souvenirs when we are travelling 🙂
      Congrats on retirement! Have you got any travel plans yet?

        gapark said:
        February 25, 2014 at 6:11 am

        Oh yeah! Hiking the haute route from chamonix France to zermatt Switzerland is first in the agenda! Can hardly wait!

          wisemonkeysabroad responded:
          February 25, 2014 at 7:25 pm

          Oooh – that sounds fabulous! Do you know when you will be doing that?

            gapark said:
            February 26, 2014 at 2:47 am

            We’ve got another 18 months of work. So fall of 2015

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