Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Ministry takes singing monk down a notch

Monk Du Vandeoun chants during a ceremony earlier this month. Facebook
Kampong Speu provincial head monk Du Vandeoun chants during a ceremony earlier this month. Facebook

Ministry takes singing monk down a notch

The Ministry of Religion ordered Kampong Speu provincial head monk Du Vandeoun to step down on Wednesday night after video footage surfaced of him singing at a Khmer New Year celebration, according to ministry spokesman Sos Mussin.

However, he added, Vandeoun has yet to be defrocked or stripped of his position as pagoda chief.

Vandeoun said yesterday he has since travelled to Phnom Penh “to pay respect to my King to say sorry to him”, adding that while it is a violation of Buddhist rules for a monk to sing, “it is not a serious one”.

He said he sang at the request of New Year revellers and opened with two patriotic songs.

“People danced when I sang those songs,” he said.

0

Comments

Please, login or register to post a comment

Latest Video

Phnom Penh eats: Homegrown veggies at Bayon Beoung Snor

​Nestled along National Road 1, Bayon Beoung Snor is a farm-cum-restaurant. The team grows their own vegetables, which they then use to whip up traditional Khmer food.

Bill Clough reflects on The Phnom Penh Post's 25 year history

The Post's publisher Bill Clough, under whose leadership the publication went from a fortnightly to a daily one, discusses his investment in Cambodia, his vision for the paper in an increasingly digital age,

People search for their names on the voter lists at a polling station in Kampong Cham’s Veal Vong commune earlier this month.

Four years ago, when the opposition snatched Kampong Cham away from the ruling party in 2013 national elections, it hinted at a deeper shift taking

Comfrel Executive Director Koul Panha speaks to the press at a meeting yesterday in Phnom Penh.

As the National Election Committee launched into the recount proc