Kampuchean Buddhist Society known as
Watt Khmer Metta or Watt Thmey is located at 4716 North Winthrop
Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60640. This organization is a
not-for-profit religious organization
and culture center built and supported by the Cambodian people of
the state of Illinois, Indiana Michigan, Wisconsin and other states around the country.
Ven. Tum Phan, was originally
ordained in July 24, 1984 by Ven. Long Than, head of Watt Khemararam and Sovath Som,
president of the Cambodian Buddhist Association of
November 03, 1985 Ven. Tum Phan was
displaced from Watt Khemararam by Ven. Long Than head of temple.
November 28, 1985 the
Cambodian community in Chicago, Illinois faced a serious religious
crisis by the two Cambodian Buddhist monks (Ven. Long Than and Ven. Tum Phan).
December 18, 1985 the Cambodian
Association of Illinois (CAI) under the presidency of Prak Sunary unsuccessfully resolved the dispute.
January 03, 1986 Laywoman Diep Horn (Lokyeay
Seldap) hospitalized at the Illinois Masonic Hospital, requested Chuoen Koet and In Kean
to look for a new site for Ven. Tun Phan.
January 18, 1986 Chuoen Koet and
other supporters found a new place for Ven. Tum Phan and established a new temple known as WATT THMEY.
Founders of Watt Thmey
Approved by: Ven. Ung Mien, Ven.
Ghosananda Var Yao and Dr. Hok Sovann.
1- Ms. Diep Horn
2- Mr. Chouen Koet
3- Ms. In Kean
Kampuchean Buddhist Society
March 21, 1986 Watt Thmey formed a
new organization named Kampuchean Buddhist Society. Name was given by Ven. Ung Mien.
Founders of Kampuchean Buddhist
1- Chan Sok 7- Pech Vin
2- Chhay Chhun 8- Prak Mara
3- Chouen Koet 9- Ros Toeung
4- Kimlang Keot 10- Samreth Kanya
5- Koeum Yun 11- Sok Kan
6- Oum Phon 12- Tiev Sunty
March 24, 1986 Kampuchean Buddhist
Society adopted their first By-laws written by:
1- Chhun C. Cheap 3- Tiev Sunty
2- Chhay Chhun 4- Dr. Ung Sak Neng
Co-Founders of Watt Thmey and
Kampuchean Buddhist Society
a)- Buddhist Monks
Ven. Tum Phan, Ven. Chum Meach, Ven.
Lach Doeung, Ven. Koeum Yun and Ven. Oum Phan.
Achar Chhun Sim, Achar May, Achar
Meas Hay, Achar Pao, Achar Tong.
c)- First Supporters
Chan Ang, Chan Sok, Chhay Chhun,
Chhun C. Cheap, Chhun Hak, Chim Ngeth, Chum Choeun, Doeung. Em, Has
Sokhon, Hen Sang, Him Mom, Hul Mony, In Kean, Keo Buth, Keo Mom,
Koet Chouen, Koet. Kimlang, Lach Savann, Mak Yoeun, Mara Prak, Mean
Ly, Mean Samba, Men Vanna, Nam Pho, Nam. Ho, Nem Po, Nheb Ang, Nhek
Vann, Neang Khorn, Nem Suong, Noun Sokhon, Oum Phon, Pech Vin,Poch
Boran, Pot Dara, Pot Krouch, Prith San, Prith Yorn Prum Sipho, Ros
Moeun, Ros Sen, Ros.Toeung, San Sopheap, Sari Veth, Sib Samoeun, Sib
Samouth, Sin Chhay, Sok Kan, Srey Hoeun, Thap.Yan, Thin Noun, Thin
Sarith, Thong Tim, Tiev Sunty, Ty Im, Ung Sak Neng, Vey Vin, Yong
Yim and Yoeung Yong.
April 08, 1986 Kampuchean Buddhist
Society was approved by the state of Illinois to become a not-for-profit
religious organization under
the leadership of: Chhay Chhun, Chhun C. Cheap, Tiev
Sunty and Dr. Ung Sak Neng.
Temple Name Change
October 12, 1986 Ven. Ghosanada
Var Yao helped change the name of temple from Watt
Thmey to WATT KHMER METTA.
First By-Laws Amendment
June 06, 1988 the organization
amended their first by-laws By: Koet Chouen and Chhay Chhun.
Federal Tax Exemption #501(c) 3
October 24, 1988 the organization was
approved by the Federal Government for Federal Tax Exemption under the leadership of: Koet Chouen and David Heath.
Purchase of the Corporation
August 22, 1989 Kampuchean Buddhist
Society purchased their current property under the name of Sari and Veth with the Escrow of Legal Agreement by: Koet Chouen, Ven. Koeum Yun, Chan Sok,
Tiev Sunty and Vanna Men.
Property updated by Reasmey Sok,
Phang Yon and Chea Samdedy in May 15, 1992.
February 14, 2003 a special committee
helped KBS to rewrite their current By-laws under the presidencyof: Ms. Cynthia Heng.
1- Leon C. Lim Chairman 2- Bunnen Sok
3- Cheap C. Chhun 4- Chenda Taing
5- Kim Tung Yap 6- Nhek Nhim
7- Dr. Ung Sak Neng
Transfer Property Title
February 25, 2003 the Corporation
successfully transferred the ownership of property from Sari to Kampuchean Buddhist Society under the
leadership of Ms. Cynthia Heng, Mr. Kimhong Hun and Ms.Chulie Hok.
In April 16, 2003 Kampuchean Buddhist
Society took a mortgage loan from Chase Bank in the amount of
Property Tax Exemption Relief
January 25, 2007 Illinois Department
of Revenue relieved Kampuchean Buddhist Society from the responsibility of paying property
From December 31, 2006 under the
leadership of Sovan Chan, Ven. Bunthoeun Ouk and other board members; the
organization successfully paid off the remaining balance on December
01, 2008. Thanks in part of the generous
donation of it members.
In March 2009, board committee members
and Temple members re-elected Mr. Sovan Chan as president of the
organization for another two years. His new term ends December 31, 2010.
Kampuchean Buddhist Society and Watt Khmer Metta members elected Mr.
Sakun Mam as the 10th President of their corporation, His term ends
December 31, 2012.