5,000 send off Thai mystic

5,000 send off Thai mystic

It was a grand send-off for Chinese Thai mystic White Dragon King on Sunday, a sendoff on a scale that many at the funeral had never seen before.

More than 5,000 people attended it, 2,000 of whom were his disciples.

"Everything went accordingly, like clockwork," said No Signboard Seafood managing director Sam Lim, 36.

He had flown to Bangkok with 20 others on Aug 29 to attend the last days of the wake and the funeral.

The mechanic turned mystic, who was born Chow Yam-nam, but renamed himself Bai Long Wang (White Dragon King), was known as a soothsayer to Hong Kong stars.

He had suffered from bronchitis for years and died in his home in Thailand on Aug 17. He was 76.

Mr Tan Yeow Chong, 40, a tour and transport operator with Siam Kid Travel, said the people have more or less accepted the fact that "the Master is no longer with us".

"The wake itself was long-drawn. It had dragged on for two weeks," he added.

The wake and the funeral were record-breaking.

There were 5,000 attendees, 700 of whom were businessmen and celebrities from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore.

Among them were Hong Kong businessman Albert Yeung and movie director Meng Yao.

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