Pattaya to host mass monk ordination for King’s birthday


Pattaya again will ordain dozens of monks to celebrate His Majesty’s the King’s Dec. 5 birthday.

City officials met Oct. 12 to begin planning the Buddhist ordination, which this year will see 89 novices become monks to mark the start of His Majesty’s 89th year.

The ceremony is open to men 20 years old and over. Applications require a photo, identification card and medical clearance. Applications are open until Nov. 20 at the Education Department’s Religion, Arts and Culture Office.

88 novice monks were ordained at last year’s event.88 novice monks were ordained at last year’s event.

A merit-making “donation” of 4,500 baht is required to participate. Donations can also be made to sponsor a novice.

Participants will begin Dec. 4 with studying dharma at Jittapawan College. They also will participate in alms gathering

Monk Chinnakorn Kairaj will host the Dec. 5 initial ordination with alms to be gathered again on Dec. 6. Training continues at area temples over the next several days.

Monks will be ordained for a minimum 10 days.