Ayutthaya – Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha planted a Bodhi tree from Sri Lanka in Ayutthaya province on occasion of Makha Bucha Day.
The premier presided over the planting ceremony of the Bodhi tree delivered from Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka, and joined in other religious rites on Makha Bucha Day, Tuesday. The tree was delivered by the Sri Lankan government to the Thai government, who chose Wat Wachira Thamma Ram temple as a suitable location for planting.
The premier thanked the government of Sri Lanka for the tree which is believed to be of the same descent as the one under which Lord Buddha meditated during his enlightenment. The tree was also given as a token of remembrance to His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, to celebrate His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun and to promote the relations between the two countries, especially in religious affairs.
The ceremony was attended by Somdet Phra Wanrat, Sri Lankan Minister of Buddha Sasana Gamini Jayawickrama Perera, and Thailand’s Prime Minister’s Office Minister Suwapan Tanyuwattana.