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Offline dereklev

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Have you visited there?
Luang Pho Koon Museum.

Not yet. Where is it exactly?

Wat Ban Rai in Dan Khun Thot.
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I've been there and it's an amazing place. I'm really surprised it's not better known on the farang tourist trail, to be honest. It's a place I'd happily return to from time to time.


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Wat Ban Rai............about an hour's drive from Korat.


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The temple is located in Don Kun Tot and it is beautiful! Serene and majestic to say the least! However, it is commercialized and all about bringing in money (What big glorified temple isn't in Thailand). Every stop within the temple, there were areas to donate or Tam Boon and you can pay with baht or more conveniently, with a smart card which you purchase at the door at monetary value.

Another part of the temple which I felt was disturbing was the viewing area for the revered monk. It was a big glass window of his ICU room, filled with medical equipment and flanked by his doctors looking after him. This was all for real. I couldn't believe it. Hourly, they would wheel him over to the glass for all the Thais to scramble for selfie positions and take their perfect shot! It was quite chaotic and people were jumping in and out of lines. At that time, he was gravely ill and and to see people act this way for a was quite disturbing. I can say that I have been there and while it IS beautiful, I wouldn't go again.

I don't know how much money it takes to run a temple, but it seems this one isn't/wasn't short of cash or donations.

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...former Wat Ban Rai warden Thawat Reungrai revealed earlier that the temple had three main bank accounts: the late abbot's personal account into which donations were paid before being forwarded to charities, which now has Bt300,000; the "Banchee 90" account, which aimed to raise Bt100 million for His Majesty the King's charities, but now has Bt17 million; and the Luang Phor Khoon Musuem account containing Bt7 million.

Another account for the Luang Phor Khoon Foundation reportedly contained Bt47 million, the interest from which was spent on underprivileged children's education, meals and related charities, Thawat said.

Donations raised over Sunday and Monday have gone beyond Bt3.74 million
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http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/Panel-to-check-Luang-Phor-Khoon-and-temples-assets-30260474.html

Panel to check Luang Phor Khoon and temple's assets

THE CHIEF monk for Nakhon Ratchasima province has set up a 31-member committee to inspect the assets of Wat Ban Rai and its recently deceased abbot Luang Phor Khoon Parisuttho.

Phra Rajawimolmoli said yesterday that the panel - comprised of monks and laymen - would check all assets, including cash, records of financial donations, amulets as well as temple expenses and debts. While the assets are being checked, everything will be locked up to prevent theft.

The chief monk said the committee, chaired by his deputy Phra Rajasimaporn, would be helped by experts in checking and making detailed records of all the assets so an explanation can be provided to disciples and members of the public.

The panel will include provincial governor Thongchai Lue-adul as an adviser as well as provincial Buddhism Office director Banchayuth Nakmujalin, provincial culture officer Sompong Wiriyajaru, acting Wat Ban Rai abbot Phra Khru Pavana Prachanart and members of the Wat Ban Rai committee.
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Crowd for last rites for monk

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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http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/Crowd-for-last-rites-for-monk-30260815.html


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Have you visited there?
Luang Pho Koon Museum.

Not yet. Where is it exactly?

Wat Ban Rai in Dan Khun Thot.

I've been there and it's an amazing place. I'm really surprised it's not better known on the farang tourist trail, to be honest. It's a place I'd happily return to from time to time.


I was there today and took some photos too, but you can find better on Google Image ("Wat Ban Rai" or "วัดบ้านไร่").








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Nice photos, Anton. Thanks for sharing.  :)
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