The concept of mummifying a monk’s body is quite common in Thailand and in Koh Samui, you will come across many sites where a monk’s body has been mummified and stored.
The most popular mummified monk is at the famous Wat Kunaram, where the body of Dang Piyasilo lies. Dasng Piyasilo devoted the last part of his life to Buddhism and its practices.
Mummified Monk, Wat Kunaram Temple History, Hua Thanon Koh Samui
When he died he was in a meditation position and after his death, his body remained in the same position without decomposition. Thus, his family and disciples decided to restore his body within a glass casket. Even after twenty years, his body is still in the same position and remains relatively unscathed.
Residents of Koh Samui believe that his body is a symbol for the many that follow Buddhist culture and teachings, and Dang Piyasilo is Koh Samui’s most famous mummified monk.
While vacationing in Koh Samui, you should tour Wat Kunaram, which is located in between the renowned Na Muang Waterfalls and Hua Thanon.