Thousands attend last rites for prominent Thai monk

Thousands attend last rites for prominent Thai monk
People wait in long queues under intense sunlight to enter the Kanchanaphisek Auditorium in Khon Kaen University yesterday for an opportunity to pay homage to respected Buddhist monk Luang Phor Khoon.

Several thousand people from all over the country gathered at a Khon Kaen University hall where respected Buddhist monk Luang Phor Khoon's body lay in state for a religious ceremony for the last day yesterday.

The ceremony continued for seven days after the famous former abbot of Wat Ban Rai in Nakhon Ratchasima province died last Saturday.

Long queues were still formed at the Kanchanaphisek Auditorium yesterday, when people waited to enter the hall to pay homage to the monk.

More than 500,000 people are estimated to have joined last rites for Luang Phor Khoon, who died in hospital last Saturday.

In his will, the monk requested that his body be donated to Khon Kaen University's Faculty of Medicine for dissection study of medical students.

His body will be moved out of the hall today for further process to preserve it for medical dissection study.

Meanwhile, Nakhon Ratchasima Governor Thongchai Lue-adul said yesterday no money was missing from Wat Ban Rai's bank accounts as feared. "The Bt47 million is still in the bank accounts. It's not missing," he said.

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