Phuket's 116-year-old monk to receive degree
PHUKET: One of Phuket’s most respected monks – and possibly the world’s oldest person – Luang Pu Supha, will be awarded an honorary university degree this Friday (September 16).
Monday 12 September 2011, 06:42PM
Luang Pu Supha, the head monk at Wat Luang Pu Supha in Chalong, will be presented an award by representatives of Maha Chulalongkorn Rajavidyalaya University, Bangkok, for his community work.
Now aged 116 – a claim which cannot be officially verified, but if true, would put him ahead of the oldest verified person currently alive – Luang Pu Supha has been a monk since he was aged nine. During that time he has helped many people in the community, as well as helping to build houses for monks in Phuket, Singapore and Malaysia.
As part of the ceremony, Luang Pu Supha will lead members of the public to a Buddhist temple where they will make offerings to the monks and pray.
In addition, there will also be an academic scholarship ceremony for 270 underprivileged local students.
For more information about the presentation please contact Wat Luang Pu Supha on 081 477 2146, 076 521 342, or 076 280 774.