Pattaya Buddhists give 185,000 baht to Chiang Rai temple

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Pattaya-area Buddhists donated alms totaling 185,000 baht at a Chiang Rai temple’s robes-offering ceremony.
Pattaya-area Buddhists donated alms totaling 185,000 baht at a Chiang Rai temple’s robes-offering ceremony.

Pattaya-area Buddhists donated alms totaling 185,000 baht at a Chiang Rai temple’s robes-offering ceremony.

Tatsanee Chimwill, better known as DJ Patchara on 102 FM radio in Pattaya, joined Kawinchai Wongpetch of Wongpetch Transport 555 Co. and faithful from Pattaya’s Love Song and Merit Power Group of Pattaya-Nongprue-Banglamung in the Tod Pha Pa ceremony at Mengrai Temple in the northern province’s Phaya Mengrai District March 12.

The ceremony was aimed at raising money to construct Naga stairs leading to the wat’s pagoda and sermon hall.

Wilatsrilaphorn, dean of monks for Mengrai Subdistrict Area 1, welcomed the delegation along with the temple’s abbot, local officials and village chiefs.

The ceremony included a tom-tom drum performance and thee circumambulations of the mail hall. The parade then moved to the sermon hall for the presentation of robes and donations.

Kawinchai presented Wilatsrilaphorn with 184,950 baht, nearly all of the 218,563 raised by the temple’s Pha Pa ceremony this year.