Image of the Buddha on low currency banknote prompts protest in Cambodia

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It is reported in The Phnom Penh Post that a new low currency Cambodian banknote has caused protest from some Buddhist groups. A group of monks have suggested that the new 100 riel banknote, the smallest currency note worth about 2 cents, containing an image of the Buddha, is offensive to the Buddha.

Bo Samnang, chairman of National Culture and Morality Center commented:

‘A 100 riel note is the lowest currency in Cambodia and Buddha is of the highest status, higher than the royal king; this is unacceptable to have his photo on the currency.’

Venerable Lorm Loeum of Tomnak in Siem Reap suggested that:

‘This is awful, as normally people keep money in pockets and even their bras for women. This is very offensive to the Buddha. I urge the government to consider this and withdraw that Buddha picture from currency.’

3 thoughts on “Image of the Buddha on low currency banknote prompts protest in Cambodia

  1. The value of the currency doe snot depict Buddha’s value , what ever we do does not affect the truth the Buddha has revealed, it only defined our own status, so the best way to respect the lord Buddha is to understand the philosophy and do good to the world !!!!

    • Yes Kyaw – I would like to find a way to write an article on that from a Buddhist Studies perspective. I’d prefer to see other Myanmar Buddhists express their opinions on this. All the best to you.

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