Ven. Mangala Thera receives Siam Royal Award from Thai King

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Chief Incumbent of Dambulla Rajamaha Vihare Ven. Godagama Mangala Thera received the highest honour from Thai royalty in recognition of his service to foster Buddhism and Buddhist culture locally and internationally.  
Ven. Mangala Thera was awarded Siam Raj Sammana (Siam Royal Award). It is an award granted to those who rendered yeoman service to Buddhism. The Cultural and Religious Affairs Ministry of Thailand has surveyed such personalities in the world to be honoured in respect of the 60th anniversary of the Thai King. The Thai authorities have identified Ven. Mangala Thera from Sri Lanka.  


He is a Buddhist scholar who did pioneer work in the promotion of Theravada Buddhism in Yunnan Province of China. The province which borders Myanmar in the southern part of China is home to Theravada Buddhists in China.  
Ven. Mangala Thera has now taken steps for the establishment of a Buddhist University and a Pali Language University in the city of Kunming.  


He was one among those hand picked by the Thai authorities from the countries such as Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Myanmar to be honoured with such a high accolade. Alongside, he also served in the executive committee appointed by the Thai authorities for the celebration of the International Vesak Festival this year.  


The award was granted to him in coincidence with the Vesak celebration in that country.