BANGKOK – Thai authorities have fined two American tourists for public indecency for posing for a "rear selfie" in front of a famous Buddhist temple, police said Wednesday.
The two, whom police identified as Joseph Dasilva, 38, and Travis Dasilva, 36, were arrested Tuesday night at an airport in the capital, Bangkok.
Each of them was fined 5,000 baht ($ 154) for undressing his bad for a photograph taken last week at Bangkok's Wat Arun, or Temple of Dawn.
"The two American citizens admitted to taking the photograph," district police chief Jaruphat Thongkomol told Reuters.
While Thailand has a reputation for lively nightlife, the predominantly Buddhist country is deeply conservative and the revealing clothes are frowned upon while public fun is considered offensive.
The two men had an Instagram account called traveling_butts that showed similar selfies taken on tourist sites around the world. The account had more than 14,000 followers but on Wednesday it had been eliminated.
Jaruphat said the two would also be fined for a similar photo taken at another temple in Bangkok.
They were being held in an immigration detention center while police considered it a possible violation of Thailand's Computer Crimes Act, since the photo was uploaded online, Jaruphat said.