The abbot of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep — considered to be one of the most sacred sites by Thais — is allegedly one of the monks captured enjoying the “Revenge of the Mummy” roller coaster ride at Universal Studios Hollywood, California.
The photo, dated June 21, 2012, was submitted to the press by an anonymous person who claims the monk sitting second from the left on the front row is none other than the famous Phra Thep Warositthajarn, the abbot of Chiang Mai’s most popular temple.
His title “Phra Thep” means he is also one of only 66 monks in Thailand to be granted the fifth most respectful title by the monarchy, based on his contribution to Thai Buddhism.
As a monk is supposed to refrain from entertainment and sitting next to a woman, this photo has been heavily criticized on social network sites.
Manager reported that Phra Thep Warositthajarn was in the United States during the time the photo was taken as he was attending a Buddhist event at the Temple of Chino Hills, located in Los Angeles, California.
So far, the temple has not responded to the scandal.