OGDEN – To celebrate Buddha’s birthday, Thai temple Wat Chaimongkolvararam is hosting a multicultural event on Sunday, May 15. The public event will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the temple, located at 402 Wall Ave.
Lunch is offered by local Thai restaurants and, although the event is free, donations are appreciated.
According to the venerable Phramaha Suphat Sukyai, president of the Thai temple Wat Chaimongkolvararam, the completion of the temple was a multi-year endeavor funded entirely by public donations.
Paperwork and permits for the temple began in 2008 – a full decade before the 2018 opening.
Sukyai said he suspects it will take another two years for the temple to be completed, but that won’t stop them from opening the doors to the wider community. This will be the first such celebration at the temple in several years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“If we can learn something from the pandemic, we can learn not to live with neglect, including monks,” Sukyai said.