History of Monk Chat

History of Monk Chat

     Monk Chat Club, also known as Monk Chat Program, was established in 1996 by Professor Kiatkun Saengchanngam, who saw the importance of language training for Mahamakut Buddhist University students, Lanna Campus. It provides an opportunity for English language practice and support outside the classroom. In addition to language practice it offers a forum for Buddhist monks and foreigners to exchange beliefs, thoughts and experiences. A sheltered area is set aside at Wat Chedi Luang for foreigners and monks to sit and chat.

     Monk Chat Club is a great place to learn about Buddhism and the life of a Buddhist monk. Wat Chedi Luang is one of the most important Buddhist monuments in Chiang Mai and attracts a large number of foreign tourists. Monk Chat Club offers a unique opportunity to learn and engage with monks. It is a practical and concrete way to assist monks improve their English and broaden their understanding of the world.

     Monk Chat Club has been running for over 20 years and its membership includes both monastic and lay students. The 200+ members participate by focusing on improving their English language skills and worldly knowledge. It assists members to develop their social competence, leadership skills and an appreciation of volunteerism. The program encourages volunteers from abroad to assist with the English teaching program. There are also regular visits from both private and government education providers.


Commitment to spreading an understanding of Buddhism to all who are interested. To be of service


  1. To be a source of learning and training to improve the English language skills of students at Mahamakut Buddhist University, Lanna Campus

  2. To spread the teachings of the Buddha and Buddhism to the world.

  3. To encourage students to develop their English language skills.


Mahamakut Buddhist University Lanna Campus, Wat Chedi Luang, Proprakklao Road, Mueang Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, 50200, Thailand

Monk Chat Program activities

  1. English language learning activities

  2. Environmental preservation activities in the club

  3. Volunteer mental development activities for community schools

  4. Foreigners activities help teach English.

  5. Outstanding annual member activity

  6. Activities to exchange knowledge of English with other schools

  7. English language development activities for students in the school

You are welcome to join the Monk Chat Program when visiting Wat Chedi Luang.