Celebrate the life of Luang Phor Khoon

Sadly, Thailand's most famous monk, Korat's very own Luang Phor Khoon passed away aged 9​1​ at 11:45am on the morning of Saturday 16th May 2015 in Maharat Hospital, Nakhon Ratchasima.

Luang Phor Khoon was rushed to an intensive-care unit on Friday morning after his heart stopped beating.​ ​Maharat doctors stated the Abbot of Wat Ban Rai in Dan Khun Thot district ​suffered internal bleeding in his chest​ and​ had a respiratory malfunction​​ ​before his heart ​finally failed.

Many locals gathered at the hospital​, ​​​​where he had been quite regularly in the past 18 months, ​to follow up on his condition and to offer moral support.

The remarkable man had requested, in his will made in ​the year ​2000, that his body be donated to Khon Kaen University​'s Faculty of Medicine​ within 24 hours of his death.​ ​He ​also ​said before his death that he did not want a royal cremation - traditionally afforded to senior monks. ​It is, however,​ expected that his remains ​will ​be floated in the Mekong River.

On Saturday afternoon, His Majesty the King ​showed his respects by ​present​ing​ an urn to the late Phra Thep Witthayakhom, the official title of Luang Phor Khoon. 




Who ​was​ Luang Phor Khoon?

Luang Phor Koon was born on Thursday, 4th October 2466 (1923) in Korat to a wealthy family. He was ordained as a monk at the age of 21 years old ​in 1944 ​at Wat Thanon Hak Yai, Nakhon Ratchasima province. 

During his many years as a monk, he went as far as Laos and Cambodia, ​living in jungles for many years, before returning to Thailand after a period of 10 years, when he resided at Wat Ban Rai, Nakhon Ratchasima.

At the peak of his ​fame, he attract​ed up to​ 10,000 people a day​.​ ​They​ ​went to Ban Rai temple to be blessed​, with m​ost pilgrims ​seeking him for one reason: to get richer. They believed he had magic powers. 

Most devotees have been known to ask Luang Phor Khoon to tap their outstretched wallets and a few have even requested samples of his saliva or urine to drink.

His fame reached new heights in 1993, when a woman was pulled alive from the rubble of a collapsed hotel clutching an amulet with his image on it. He also ha​d​ a lot of foll​o​wers who claim to have won the lottery.


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