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Buddhists join in the light waving rite on “Atthamee Puja” day

     On the eight day of the seventh waning moon falling on June 9, 2015, the clergy of Wat Phra Chetuphon conjointly arranged the activities on “Atthamee Puja” day, the eight day after Buddha's commemorative cremation.

     Besides the daily sermon, in the evening the activities were including the light waving rite around The hall of a temple and a special sermon which crowdedly joined by numerous monks and Buddhists who perform deeds and inherit traditions in continuing Buddhism prospering.

The sermon of “Catechism” (questions and answers) in celebrating the event during the International Buddhism Promotion Day of Vesak Week

      Phra Maha Prachern Ponyawuto the Deputy Abbot of Wat Pho and Maha Boonrung SiriChote from Wat Arun Ratchawararam demonstated the Catechism in two pulpits on the unforgettable “Atthamee Puja” day, the day of Buddha's commemorative cremation during the event of the International Buddhism Promotion Day of Vesak Week at Sanam Luang, the royal cremation ground, Bangkok.

The Executives from Utah University visted Wat Pho

    

     In the afternoon on June 8th, 2015, The Chairman, the Executives and the Faculties from Utah State University, the United States of America visited Wat Pho. In this regard, Phra Suthithammanuwat, the Deputy Abbot, was kindly presenting the knowledge according to the history and background information of Wat Pho, one of the most important Royal Monastery of Thailand.

 

The Conservation of Contorted Hermit Statue Meeting

    

     On June 4th, 2515 at the meeting room of Wat Pho, Pha Udorn Kanarak and Phra Maha Udom Ponyapho were assigned from Phra Thep Veeraporn, The abbot of Wat Pho to attend the meeting with Mr.Prasart Trattarntip, the Deputy Director of Department of Thai Traditional and Complementary Medicine along with the related officers to confer the guideline in conservation of the 80 posing statues of Contorted Hermit

The Image Gallery form Vesakha Bucha Day 2015 at Wat Pho

      The images are compiled from the celebrating event occurred during the International Buddhism Promotion Day of Vesakha Week, recognized as the important memorial day in Buddhism and as“World Heritage Day”, at Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklaramrm on June 1st, 2015. The activities were including the open ceremony, the sermon by Phra Thep Veeraporn, the group competition in “Sorrapanya” intoning, the demonstration on “How to lay set of altar tables”, the award-presenting ceremony to the students who won the competition of the intoning, the light waving rite around the royal monastery, and the sermon by Phra Suthithammanuwat

Invitation to The Celebration of Vesak Day.

     On 1 May 2015, is marked as Vesak day. The monk committee of Wat Pho would organize the event to celebrate the day of the Buddha. The event starts in the morning where you can see the arrangement of Buddhist altar, group chanting competition. After that, at 20.00 the circumambulation starts around the ordination hall. We would like everybody to join.

Students from Chiang Mai University visited Wat Pho.

In the morning of 22 May 2015, students and teachers from Faculty of Education, Chieng Mai University traveled to our temple. This occasion, Phra Maha Udom Panyapo gave his kindness to bring all of our visitors through the history of Wat Pho.

Department of Fine Arts started the restoration of the soles of The Reclining Buddha.

 

The stunning visual of The Reclining Buddha is the destination that many visitors both Thai and foreigners come and visit Wat Pho.    Since April, there has been a surface crack on the soles of the reclining Buddha which was speculated to be caused by the vibration from the automobile at the front street.

Commemorate 9 months of the funeral of previous abbot.

Since 27 July 2014 until the last day of the cremating rite of Phra Dhammapanyabordee, monk committee led by the abbot had been organizing the merit making dedicated to the previous abbot for 250 days. These are photos concluding all the events during the funeral for our previous abbot’s disciples to commemorate his venerable.

Master from Yuantong temple visited Wat Pho.

In the afternoon of 12 May 2015, Master Chun Fah the abbot of Yuantong temple,the ancient temple from Tang dynasty 1,200 years ago in Kunming Yunan came to Thailand for the commencement ceremony at Mahachulalongkornrajavidlayala University. He visited Wat Pho on the afternoon to witness the historical architecture and arts inside the temple, accompany by his disciples and monks.

Ashes collection of Phra Dhammapanyabordee.

Monday 11 May 2015, at 10.30, His Majesty the King Bhumibol presenting his kindness by sending 10 monks for the chantings and presenting the royal meals including the chanting for the rite of ashes collection of Phra Dhammapanyabordee the previous abbot of Wat Pho.

 

The 91th year anniversary of Phra Dhammarachanuwat.

Even Phra Dhammarachanuwat,or Luang Tia, the fellow head of the thrid regional monk committee passed away 13 years ago, his good deeds are still in his disciple's hearts.

The thrid day of the cremation rite of previous abbot.

At 7.00 of 11 May 2015, marked as the third day of the cremation rite of Phra Dhammapanyabordee, His Majesty the king Bhumibol presented his kindness by giving the robes

The second day of cremation rite of previous abbot.

On 10th May 2015, marked the second day of the cremation rites of Phra Dhammapanyabordee,the fellow abbot of Wat Pho. The schedule repeated like the first date in the morning.

The first day of the cremation rite of previous abbot.

In the morning of 9th May 2015, marked as the first day of the cremation rites of Phra Dhammapanyabordee, the fellow abbot of Wat Pho.

Celebration of the inaugulation of Phra Rajveatee.

On the 5 May, Phra Rajveatee, the abbot assistant, was given the order to be inaugurated as the second in command of the 12th regional monk committee. The current monk committee of Wat Pho came to the congratulation ceremony.

Wat Pho donated for Nepal.

On the 29 April, The monk committee of Wat Pho led by the abbot, Phra Thep Veeraporn and disciples donated 1,068,400 baht for the disaster relieve in Napal. This occasion, Somdeth Phra Rachamanklajarn, act in the position of Supreme Patriarch, gave his kindness to be the representative and accept the donation.

Semester break? visit Wat Pho!

One of the activity during the semester break for kids is historical tour. Wat pho is the temple contains many attraction that interest many visitors. On 29 April, the language institute took 25 students age ranging from 7-10 to see Wat Pho. Phra maha Nopparat gave them the historical tour explaining the importance of this temple in history,arts,culture and Buddhism, in spring the kids to see the beauty of the place.

MEA visited Wat Pho.

In the morning of 28 April 2015, the board and staff from Metropolitan electricity authority led by Mrs. Pinvipa Laisin brought 50 staffs to pay the homage to The Reclining Buddha and listen to the sermon “ways to the success” preached by Phra Maha Pracheon Panyawutto, the abbot assistant of Wat Pho.

The celebration of 54th birthday of Phra Suthithammanuwat.

In the morning of 27 April, Somdet Phra Wannarat,act in place of the abbot of Wat Bowonniwet vihara gave his kindness by attending the celebration of the 54th birthday of Phra Suthithammanuwat. Phra Rajariyaporn,Phra Udonkanarak, Phra Suthithammanuwat with other monks and novices gave his venerable the warm welcome.

Wat Pho would like to invite everyone to join the cremation of Phra Dhammapanyabordee.

Her Royal Highness, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn  will participate in the cremation of Phra Dhammapanyabordee (Thavorn Tissanookaro Chareonpanitch) the former abbot of Wat Pho.

The monk committee of Wat Pho would like to invite everybody and disciples to join the cremation of the former abbot Phra Dhammapanyabordee at the royal crematorium Issariyaporn, Wat Debsirindrawas on Sunday 10 May 2015, at 17.00.

The ceremony before the restoration of The reclining Buddha's sole.

At 09.09AM of 21 April 2015,the monk committee of Wat Pho led by Phra Thep Veeraporn, the abbot, and the director of department of fine arts, ministry of culture held the worshiping ceremony to The reclining Buddha before the restoration of his right sole. The minister of religious mentioned that the restoration will take about 6 months to complete.

Miss San Paulo visited Wat Pho.

In the afternoon of 16 April, Tourism authority of Thailand with Royal Thai Embassy, Brasilia, Brazil brought the ladies of Miss San Paulo,Miss Fernanda Roberta Leme and her friend who visit Thailand in Songkran period.

Celebration on the last day of Songkran festival.

Even we have reached the final day of Songkran celebration at Wat Pho on 16 April,2015, many Buddhist still have come to pay the respect to the Reclining Buddha and sprinkle the water on Buddha images for their own and their family’s blessing, including foreign visitors.

 

2nd Pali language examination at Wat Pho.

On 13-14 April,2015. The monk committee of Wat Pho held the 2nd Pali language examination 2015. Phra Prom Moli, the head of the examination came to visit the examinees. His venerable Phra Thep Veeraporn assigned the monk committee to welcome Phra Prom Moli and the board from National office of Buddhism instead of his place.

Television channels at Wat Pho

     Here are the photos showing the atmosphere of Songkran festival at wat pho. Many tourist came and joined the event. Also, many television channel such as channel3,7 and modern 9 tv came to shoot the news about the celebration. At 15.00-16.00 channel 3 news crews came for the live broadcast showing the atmosphere of people enjoying the festival.

Songkran festival at Wat Pho

     Here are pictures of this year Songkran festival at Wat Pho. Many Buddhists and tourists have come and join our new year celebration which will held until 16 April.

Opening Ceremonyof Songkran Festival at Wat Pho.

12 April,2015 Ministry of Culture, led by Mr. Veera Rojpojanarat, the minister came to the opening ceremony of Songkran festival in front of the temple of the Reclining Buddha. The monk committee of Wat Pho led by Phra Thep Veeraporn,

Our monks and novices join together to bless His majesty The King.

At 9.30AM. of 7 April,2015, monk committee of Wat Pho led by Phra Vichien Dhammakunathan, the leader of summer novice ordination 2015 dedicated to the 60th birthday of Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn brought our monks and novices who join this ordination to record the blessing to His Majesty The King Bhumibol Adulyadej at 100th Anniversary Siriraj Pavilion

The Royal Thai Army paid the respect to King Rama I

6 April, 2015 was the public holiday and “Chakri Dynasty Day” There were many activities in Wat Pho organized by people in Phra Nakorn community. One of these, the ministry of health came to give the vaccination for Diphtheria and Tetanus diseases for the community and tourists. At 13.00 PM The secretary of Royal Thai Army together with high rank administrators in the army gave offerings to pay the respect to King Phraphutthayotfa Chulalok (RamaI) to show our respect to His Majesty.

The event dedicated to our founder.

In the morning of 6 April,2015 was the public holiday and “Chakri Dynasty Day” . Wat Pho led by Phra Thep Veeraporn, the abbot of Wat Pho together with the board of King Phra Buddha Yodfa's foundation, with fellow disciples held the merit making dedicated to King RamaI

In the same day, The alumnis and disciples of Wat Pho held the annual conference and 19th “Khao Gon Baht” event so that the member could gather and acknowledge what this group has done the activities and meet their old friends.

Wat Pho invites all for merit making event dedicated to King RamaI

This Monday 6th April,2015 the monk committee of Wat Pho, the board of the king Phra Buddha yodfa's foundation, with deciples held the merit making event dedicated to King Rama I for his greatest deed to built our temple and his contribution to Buddhism. We would like to invite everyone to join the merit making.

His venerable Som Det Phra Maha Rachamangklajarn join the merit making of King Rama III

Every 31th of March  is marked as the birthday of King Nangklao Chao Yu Hua (RamaIII) who ordered the construction of many sections in Wat Pho including The reclining Buddha. For His majesty’s greatest deed to the temple, the monk committee of Wat Pho held the merit making event dedicated to him at the ordination hall,Wat Pho.

Channel 7 shot the documentary of Wat Pho.

On the 30 March 2015, “Ded-Kao-Den” the television news program from Channel 7 (15.00-15.30) came to record the documentary at Wat Pho.

A day at Dhamma Rangsri Buddhist retreat.

These are photos from Dhamma Rangsri Buddhist retreat in the Summer novice ordination this year dedicated to the 60th birthday of Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. All 82 novices will continue the practicing until 7 April 2015

Our novice at Dhamma rangsri retreat.

It has been almost a week since our youth join the summer novice ordination 2015 dedicated to the 60th year birthday celebration of Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. They are practicing the dharma at Dhamma rangsri Buddhist retreat, cha-um, Petchaburi 

 

Press conference of the coming "Songkran festival"

At 16.00 of 24 March,2015. Ministry of Culture led by Mr. Veera Rojpojanarat,the minister.,Prof.Dr.Apinan Posayanon ,permanent secretary. , Miss Nantiya Sawangvuttitum from department of cultural promotion, Mr. Channarong Laksaneyanawin Bangkok cultural council and executive of Siam Paragon came together for the press conference of Songkran Festival at Wat Pho under the theme “Inherit Thai culture for our nation’s delight” which was held in front of the temple of Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho.

In this occasion, Phra Thep Veeraporn, the abbot, let Phra Udonkanarak, his assistant, and the monk committee gave the warm welcome to the participants for this event.

Summer novice ordination 2015

        In the morning of 21 March,2015, The monk committee of Wat Pho led by Phra Thep Veeraporn, the abbot,helded the Summer novice ordination 2015 dedicated to the celebration of 60th birthday of Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. This year, 82 novice joined the program. Before the ordination began, our novice did the rite of the passage to ask their parents to forgive their bad behavior, these are the photos of the event.

The novice of Wat Pho.

On 20 March,2015 at 08.30 AM The monk committee of Wat Pho gave our 80 youths a head shave to ready them for the summer novice ordination 2015. This year, the event was full with lively people who come and bring their children to participate. After the shaving, all little Naga(the white one) came to pay the respect Phra Thep Veeraporn, the abbot who came to visit them.

Nurse police visited Wat Pho.

Wat Pho other than its significance of being the tourist attraction. It is also the place where various of Thai knowledge is recorded. On 18 March, students of nurse police college came to visit Wat Pho. Phra Maha Udom gave the tour and told the story of this temple including the medical knowledge inscripted in this open university.

Summer novice ordination for the children at Wat Pho.

 

In the period when many school has start the semester break, the monk committee of Wat Pho held the activities for our children to participate which is the ordination of summer novice. The event starts from 21 March until 7 April 2015. Currently, our temple open the application of the novice ordination. Parents who would like your son to participate can send the application without any cost.

For more detail,please contact Public reletion department tel 02-226-4887 or Head office of Wat Pho cal 02-226-0335

 

Novice visits Wat Pho.

On 13 March, 72 novices from Siripongdhamnimit temple came to visit Wat Pho. Phra Chaiyaporn gave them the history and tell the story of King Rama I's temple.

Almshouse charity event at Wat Pho on "Vessantara Sermon"

Other than "Vessantara Sermon" dedicated to the celebration of 60th birthday of Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, Wat Pho also held the almshouse to offer the charitable meals for all Buddhists and visitors from all over the world who travel to Wat Pho during 9-11 March,2015. This event impressed everyone who come and share the meal.

Vessantara Sermon at Wat Pho.

 

On 9 March,2015 The monk committee of Wat Pho/Department of Religious Affair/ Ministry of Culture held the "Vessantara Sermon" dedicated to the celebration of 60th birthday of Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. This day, many ministers from ministry of culture,ministry of defence,ministry of sports and tourism including guests from Tangtrongchit technological college,North Bangkok University,SBAC Nonthaburi,Thai Buddhist Association of Thailand, Office of the Election Commission.

Minister of Ministry of Culture gave the opening of "Vessantara Sermon"

In the morning of 9 March,2015,Wat Pho/Department of Religious Affair/ Ministry of Culture led by Mr. Veera Rodpojanarat gave the opening ceremony by lit the candles in front of the image of Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.

At 09.45AM, Dr.Pramaha Kolavig Ahusako, the abbot’s assistant of Watt Suthepvarararm gave the “Pan” Incantations which is the starting incantation of the "Vessantara Sermon" dedicated to the celebration of 60th birthday of Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn from 9-11 March,2015. We would like to invite everybody to join the event.

Ministry of Culture held press conference of the great sermon.

On the 5 March,2015 Mr. Veera Rodpojanarat, minister from ministry of culture together with the department of religious affair and department of tourism held the press conference of the event "Vessantara Sermon", the story of the last great incarnation of Buddha,dedicated to  the celebration of 60th birthday of Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn ,2 April,2015. As always, Phra Thep Veeraporn,the abbot of Wat Pho and the monk committee welcomed all the minister who come and join the press conference. This event will occur during 9 March and 11 March 2015. We would like to invite everybody to join and celebrate the princess’s birthday.

Monk committee of Bangkok came for the funeral.

Phra Thep Veeraporn welcomed the monk committee of Bangkok who come and host the funeral of Phra Dhamma Panyabordee, the former abbot of Wat Pho on the night of 2 March 2015.

Celebration of Magha Buja day.

This year, Magha Buja day is on 4th  March 2015, the full moon day of the third month. The monk committee of Wat Pho held the celebration activities for all Buddhists to participate such as the sermon and circumambulation. We would like to  invite everybody to join the event.

The Monk committee from Thai temple in Los Angelis host the former abbot's funeral.

 

At 19.00 on 26 February 2015, the monk committee from Thai temple, Los Angelis and disciples of Phra Thep Mongkolvithet, abbot assistant of Wat Pho and the abbot of Thai temple in Los Angelis was the host of the funeral of Phra DhammaPanyabordee, the former abbot of Wat Pho.

Boat Merit Making dedicated to The Princess.

In the morning of 25 February 25, 2015 The government held the boat merit making dedicated for the 60th year celebration of the birth of Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn at 2 sides of Padoong krungkasem canal, General Prayuth Chan-Ocha, the prime minister gave the opening speech.

In this event, many high-ranked monks, Phra Rajdhammasoonthon and Phra Rajjariyaporn, both abbot assistants fromWat Pho attended and gave the blessing.

Alumnis from Chulalongkorn University visited Wat Pho.

Wat Pho is the good attraction among visitors both Thai and foreigners. Last week,  Alumnis from Faculty of accounting Chulalongkorn University came to visit Chinese New Year Festival here at the temple. This occasion, Phra Suthithammanuwat, the abbot assistant gave the tour to the principle Buddha image at the ordination hall and also pagodas of 4 kings, and holy beings in front of temple of the reclining Buddha.

The atmosphere on Chinese New Year.

On 19 February 2015, the third day of Chinese New Year Festival, this day, many chinese travels around and went to worship holy beings for their own fortune. Wat Pho is one of the attraction that many visitors has come. This festival will last until 22 February.

Wat Pho celebrated Chinese New Year on the year of goat.

The good time in the afternoon of 17 February 2015,15.09PM, the monk committee of Wat Pho enshrined the statue of Admiral Prince Abhakara Kiartivongse or “Sadet Tia” at the courtyard in front of The temple of Reclining Buddha with the sound of firecrackers. At 15.19PM, his venerable Phra Thep Veeraporn, the abbot of Wat Pho opened the Chinese New Year Festival 2015 and the Chinese lion parade gave some of the performance for celebration.

Chinese New Year Celebration is about to start.

Professor Kata Chinnabanchorn, the renowned fortune teller in Thailand, arranged the tour for the group of executive from  Muang Thai Life Assurance company Ltd to come and worship holy beings in the event of Chinese New Year. Wat Pho is famous among Thai-Chinese and Chinese visitors who come to visit,espectially the principle Buddha image, Phra Buddha Thevapatimakorn in the ordination hall.

Another Pali language examination held at Wat Pho.

On 13-14 February 2015, Wat Pho arranged the 1st Pali language examination. Phra Thep Veeraporn, the abbot of Wat Pho gave the speech and examined the examination rooms at the colonnade of Wat Pho.

The commission of the abbot.

On 11 February 2015, Phra Prom Dilok, the abbot of Watt Sam Phraya carried the orderfrom Phra Maha Rachamanklajahn, act of the Buddhist Supreme Patriarch to commission Phra Thep Veeraporn, the abbot of Wat Pho, to be the  advisor of the 15th region.

The second day of the workshop.

It was the second day of the workshop “Wat Pho’s staff efficiency” which happen on 9-11 February,2015. Our staffs have an opportunity to listen to professional speakers such as Colonel Dr. Pongsa Tangkana, Mrs. Onuma Kasetputhpon, TV program host and Phra Kru Kittisak Kotamasisso, our temple’s speaker monk. They all gave the interesting valuable knowledge of how to treat the visitors.

Wat Pho's staff efficiency workshop.

 

On 9 February 2015 at 17.00, His venerable Phra Thep Veeraporn, the abbot of Wat Pho, gave the speech at the workshop : Wat Pho’s staff efficiency which happen annually. This event aims to increase the efficiency of staff to treat visitors at Wat Pho for the better service. This event happened on 9-11 February 2015.

Chinese State Councilor visited Wat Pho.

Meng Jianzhu, Chinese State Councilor with some honorable guests had visited Thailand officially during 4-8 February 2015 as the guest’s government. At 5 February, Mr. Jianzhu and high-ranked officer including 20 staffs came to worship The Reclining Buddha and The principle Buddha Image in the ordination hall.

In this visit, Phra Thep Veeraporn, the abbot, had Phra Udonkanarak, his assistant and Phra Mahaudom to welcome our visitors

In this visit, Phra Thep Veeraporn, the abbot, had Phra Udonkanarak, his assistant and Phra Mahaudom to welcome our visitors

Chinese New Year is near.

We are a few days away from Chinese New Year 2015, this year Wat Pho helds the celebration from 18-22 February. With the Tourism authority of Thailand’s campaign to boost torism in Thailand, this year is expected that we will greet more Chinese visitors during the period of their new year. This will add the fascination of Wat Pho which is ranked as the top attraction in Thailand.

The cremation event of the former abbot.

According to His Venerable Phra Thep Veeraporn’s request to Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn for the participation of The cremation event of Phra Dhamma Panyabordee, the previous abbot of Wat Pho, The Princess has accepted the participation and the event will be held on 10 May 2015 at 17.00 PM at The Royal Prapprachai crematorium, Wat Thepsirin.

Coming events at Wat Pho.

During every Decembers, is considered as the month of happiness around the world when people send gifts and wish that their love one is full of happiness. In this occasion, the monk committee of Wat Pho, led by Rajwachiraporn, would like to invite everyone to join many Buddhist activities that will be organized this December.

Asalha Buja and Vassa day celebration has started

On 7 July 2014, Wat Pho celebrated the week of Asalha Buja and Vassa day. It was the first time that Wat Pho held the wax melting rite in order to make the candle for the rain seanson retreat.

In this occasion, Phra Raja Dhammavidej, dean of Los Angeles's Monk committee of Thailand, together with Phra Rajwachiraporn delivered the opening ceremony at the temple of Reclining Buddha.

Wat Pho won the "Hospitality Excellence" prize.

TripAdvisor, the major tourism website of the world has awarded Wat Pho the "Hospitality Excellence" prize.

TripAdvisor titled Wat Pho as one of the "Most Talked About Attractions" 2014

It is our honor again to receive the recognition from TripAdvisor as one of the "Most talked about attractions" in 2014

Thailand celebrates Wat Pho as UNESCO Memory of the World

Thailand recently celebrated the stone inscriptions in Wat Pho as registered “Memory of the World” by UNESCO.

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