King to preside over inauguration of Supreme Patriarch tomorrow

His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun will chair the inauguration ceremony of the 20th Supreme Patriarch at the Temple of the Emerald Buddha tomorrow, Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha said.

He said the King will officiate at the ceremony to appoint Somdej Phra Maha Muniwong the new supreme patriarch which is the highest rank among Buddhist monks in Thailand.

According to National News Bureau of Thailand, Somdej Phra Maha Muniwong, the abbot of Wat Rajabopit was born on June 26, 1927. He has spent his entire life in monasteries.

Somdej Phra Maha Muniwong, follows his predecessor, Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara Suvaddhana Mahathera, who passed away in 2013 at the age of 100.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)