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
Local artisans refurbish
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.
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.
Rotary Club helping others
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
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,
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
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.