Mumified Monk, Ko Samui, Thailand

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Thailand

Travel Destination -

Samui

Address of this place -

Na Mueang, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani

ISD/STD Code -

66

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Local Time -

12:01 AM

Local Weather -

Current temprature- 0, Minimum - 0, Maximun - 0

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About this place -

Koh Samui’s Mummified Monk at Wat Khunaram is an unusual sight yet it offers a unique insight into Buddhist and Thai culture. The monk Luong Pordaeng died in 1973 in a seated meditative position, and ever since his body has been on display in an upright glass case at the temple. Remarkably, even more than 30 years on the monk’s body shows little sign of decay. For some visitors, having a dead man in full view might be a shocking sight, but for Thais it is something to reflect upon and revere. Far from being frightened by death, most Buddhist Thais are highly accepting of the end of life as the natural order of things and they view death as an opportunity to be reborn into a better place, one step closer to nirvana. There are other mummy monks on Samui and throughout Thailand, but Loung Pordang is among the most highly revered.
Timings -The temple is open for visitors during daylight hours every day, and the best times to go are early morning or late afternoon when the temple is most active with merit-making and monk chanting activities.
Ticket Price/Entry Fee -Entry is free, though donations are welcome to support the temple’s upkeep

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