The Abbots

Current Abbot

Phra Thep Kittiwethi (Cham Punyachayo)

His birth name was Cham. He was born on 9 January 1960 at house No. 11, Village No. 11, Ban Pa O Don Chai Village, Mueang Chiang Rai District, Chiang Rai Province. He was ordained as a monk on 31 May 1981 at Benchamabophit Dusitwanaram Temple where Somdet Phra Buddha Chinnawong (Suwan Suwannachoto) — the-then Phra Buddhiwongsamuni — was the preceptor. Later, he studied Phra Pariyattidhamma until he achieved Level 9 of the Pali Scholar program; he was also a graduate of the Bachelor of Arts Program in Buddhism at Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University. Currently, he is the abbot of Benchamabophit Dusitwanaram Temple and Primate of Region 17.