PHUKET: Official mourning ceremonies in Phuket began yesterday for Thailandís highest-ranking monk, His Holiness the Supreme Patriarch Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara Somdet Phra Sangharaja, who passed away on Thursday.

His Holiness the Supreme Patriarch, who turned 100 on October 3, had been in and out of hospital, most recently undergoing intestinal surgery on October 14.

Governor Maitri Inthusut opened the ceremony at 3pm at Wat Mongkol Nimit.