Wat Khunaram (Phra Wihan Luang Por Daeng) is a Buddhist temple on the island of Koh Samui in Suratthani Province, Thailand. It is most notable for being the shrine of “the Mummy Monk“, Luang Pho Daeng, who died in 1973 and directed that his body be put on display as a reminder of the transience of human existence.
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.
Wat Khunaram (Phra Wihan Luang Por Daeng)
Location: Na Mueang, Ko Samui District, Surat Thani 84140 Thailand