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Merit making ceremonies held to honor His Majesty the King

U.S. grant supports community radio

Local artisans refurbish historic treasure

Rotary Club helping others

Tesco Lotus gives school uniforms to needy children

Merit making ceremonies held to honor His Majesty the King

Chiang Mai Governor Wichai Srikwan presided over the merit making ceremonies at the Three Kings Monument last week to honor His Majesty the King’s 80th birthday.

Local residents and government officials attended a merit making ceremony at Wat Phra Signha Woramahawiharn and the Three Kings Monument in Chiang Mai’s old town to honor His Majesty the King on the occasion of his 80th birthday this year.
The ceremonies and activities began on April 17 and concluded on April 22 with events held at the Sam Kasat Monument on Phra Pokklao Road.
Hundreds of residents arrived early in the morning to provide alms for the monks and Buddhist recitations followed at Wat Phra Signha.


U.S. grant supports community radio

U.S. Vice Consul John Spykerman speaking at the recent Community Radio Workshop.

U.S. Vice Consul John Spykerman recently spoke to participants in a Community Radio Workshop organized by the Network of the People’s Media of the North.
In his remarks, Vice Consul Spykerman noted the constructive role community radio journalists and broadcasters can play in serving their communities and strengthening Thai democracy.
The Network of the People’s Media of the North received a grant in 2006 from the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok to support community radio work in Chiang Mai.


Local artisans refurbish historic treasure

The beautiful silver roof on the ordination hall at Wat Srisuphan is now complete.

The Ubosot (ordination hall) at Wat Srisuphan in Chiang Mai is the place that Buddhist monks use to perform their routines and religious activities such as ordination ceremonies. The Ubosot is regarded to be one of the important buildings in a temple.

It took over 3 years of delicate craftsmanship to refurbish the intricate silver and aluminum detailing on the temple roof.
Wat Srisuphan was found in the year 1500 during the Mangrai dynasty and 495 years later the ordination hall was suffering from years of decay. It was decided then by the monks, the lay men and women and the temple’s followers that a major refurbishing needed to be undertaken to preserve the heritage of this historic and important religious site.
The new hall was built on the same base of the old one and the style was incorporated with the Lanna architecture. The décor of aluminum and silver originates from the local artisans and knowledge of the surrounding Srisuphan community. The ordination hall not only serves to support religious activities but also to preserve the local art heritage and knowledge which was passed down through the generations.
The recent commemoration of Ubosot retains the glory of the past and will serve as a place of worship for years to come.
Wat Srisuphan is located at 100 Waulai Road in the Haiya Sub-District. (CMM Reporters)


Rotary Club helping others

Members of the Rotary Club Chiang Mai district 3360 welcome colleagues from the Rotary Club of Hong Kong South District 3350 as they gather to work on the Grandma Cares project in Hang Dong.

Local families in Hang Dong and Lamphun are receiving educational funding and family assistance through the Rotary International Partnership Program called “Grandma Cares”. Five children and their families are being helped through this World Community Service project.
This long term program is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Chiang Mai Thin Thai Ngam, District 3360 and the Rotary Club of Hong Kong South, District 3350.


Tesco Lotus gives school uniforms to needy children

CEO Jeff Adams surrounded by some of the children who received uniforms and supplies.

Tesco Lotus CEO Jeff Adams presided over the presentation of 200 sets of school uniforms and equipment to children at schools affiliated to the Office of the Basic Education Commission, receiving assistance from uniform maker KPB Trading Co Ltd, and school equipment manufacturers Horse brand, Master Art, Merry, Papermate and Double A.
Khun Sangthai Meesunthorn, Chief of the Welfare and Child’s rights Group of the Office of the Basic Education Commission, graciously received the donation at the Roll Back to School press conference at Tesco Lotus Rama IV in Bangkok recently.