Cambodia’s Buddhist Great Supreme Patriarch Dies, Aged 92

Tep Vong, who helped revive Buddhism after the fall of the Khmer Rouge, had close and long-standing connections to the ruling Cambodian People’s Party.

Tep Vong, the senior monk who headed Cambodia’s Buddhist hierarchy and played an important role in its revival of Buddhism in the aftermath of the rule of the murderous Khmer Rouge in the late 1970s, has died. He was 92.


In a statement yesterday, The Associated Press reported that Cambodia’s Ministry of Cults and Religions said that Tep Vong, who headed both orders of Theravada Buddhism in the country, had died yesterday at Wat Ounalom, a temple in the capital Phnom Penh where he served for many years. He was admitted to Calmette Hospital last month, with undisclosed health issues.

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