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2022 Royal Kathina at Wat Chanathip Chaloem in Satun

22 October 2022 – Assoc. Prof. Dr. Manit Jumpa, Distinguished Member of the University Council, Acting President of Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University (STOU), chaired the Offering Ceremony of the Royal Kathina Robes at Wat Chanathip Chaloem, the royal temple in Satun. The Ceremony was witnessed by STOU administrators, faculty members, and staff, as well as personnel from provincial organizations and the general public.

The Royal Kathina Robes was bestowed by His Majesty the King Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand. This is the 42nd time STOU organized this religious ceremony. Phra Thep Sitti Muni, the Ecclesiastical Regional Governor of Region 18, chaired the reception ceremony where Phra Kru Wimol Thammaros, the Abbot of Wat Chanathip Chaloem, was chosen to receive the Kathina Robe. There were 17 monks who had completed the rains retreat this year. In addition to the Kathina offerings, a total of 1,550,411.50-baht donation was given to the royal temple.

Wat Chanathip Chaloem, formerly known as Wat Mam Bang, was built in 1882. It is believed to be the first Buddhism temple in Satun. The temple was renamed Wat Chanathip Chaloem in 1939. The temple’s chapel was built in 1940. Wat Chanathip Chaloem was promoted to a third-rank royal temple in 1991.