Mummified monk at Kunaram Temple

Monk-in-a-box

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What we say: 3.5 stars

Kunaram Temple is home to Samui's most famous mummified monk, Luang Pordaeng.

Although this temple is popular with locals, sensitive visitors may be a little disturbed by the open display of the monk's well-preserved body, still sitting in a meditation position -- he died more than 20 years ago.

It is quite amazing how well-preserved he is, dressed in his orange monk's robes, donned with a pair of Ray Ban sunglasses to prevent what would have been a more disturbing sight.

Mummified monk aside, Kunaram Temple is interesting in its own right to visit. Buddha is displayed in all eight positions; one for each day of the week and two for Wednesday, one each for day and night. The day of the week that you were born on determines which image one should pray to.

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4169 Ring Road between Na Muang waterfalls and Hua Thanon, Ko Samui
Last updated: 12th May, 2012

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