Wat Mongkolratanaram

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About us

In 2001, it marked 25 years of being a temple by completing renovations to its Victorian house that customized it in temple style.

In February 2009, a group of neighbors sought to shut down the Sunday public brunch, citing litter and traffic. The Zoning Adjustments Board of Berkeley voted 8 to 1 to keep the Sunday brunch, and the board chair "praised the temple for being a positive influence" in the neighborhood. The brunch runs on donations; visitors pay for tokens and exchange them for dishes.

The Thailand-born Ajahn Manat is the current abbot of Wat Mongkolratanaram.

In 1997 the Wat was home to the East Bay chapter of the Cypherpunks.


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  4. ^Fowler, Geoffrey A. (2009-02-10). "Brunch as a Religious Experience Is Disturbing Berkeley's Karma". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2011-04-03. 
  5. ^Bhattacharjee, Riya (February 18, 2009). "Zoning Board Allows Thai Temple To Continue Sunday Brunch". The Berkeley Daily Planet. Retrieved November 16, 2013. 
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  7. ^Slater, Dashka (March 14, 1997). "Secret Agents". Bay Area Weekly. Retrieved 2011-05-17. 

Place features

Price: $
Parking: Street
Dress code: Casual
Outdoor terrace: Yes
Good for: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch
Noise level: Average

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