Luang Phor Koon Parisuttho, one of the country’s most revered monks, passed away on Saturday 16th, 2015 at Maharat Nakhon Ratchasima Hospital. After his death, the body of Luang Phor Koon was transferred from Nakhonratchasima province to Khon Kaen University, according to his will.
The religious ceremonies for Luang Phor Koon have taken place at Khon Kaen University since Saturday 16th, 2015. It is estimated that more than 200,000 people have attended the religious ceremonies to pay their last respects to Luang Phor Koon.
On May 21st, 2015, faithful followers continued to flock into KKU on the fifth day of Luang Phor Koon religious ceremony. These included H.E. M.L. Panadda Diskul, the Minister of the Office of Prime Minister, Mr. Pisit Leelavachiropas, Auditor-General of Thailand, Mrs. Pimvimol Thavornsatit, President of Khon Kaen Provincial Red Cross Chapter, and Mrs. Kamman Wongkanchanarat, younger sister of Luang Phor Koon.
A special religious ceremony was held at 2 p.m. hosted by H.E. Mr. Hiem Phommachanh, Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, the Lao PDR. Guests attending this special event included H.E. Mr. Lee Boonkham, Lao Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand, and Mr. Bounsy Vongbouasy, Consul-General, The Consulate-General of the Lao People's Democratic Republic, Khon Kaen.
ue to the increasing demand for posters of Luang Phor Koon, the committee responsible for the ceremony has published another 100,000 posters for distribution to visitors.
On May 22nd, 2015, provincial officials and Khon Kaen University held a special meeting to prepare for even-larger crowds to pay respects to Luang Phor Koon during the final chapter of the religious ceremonies on Saturday 23rd May, and Sunday 24th May, 2015.
After the final religious ceremony is held at the Golden Jubilee Convention Hall on Sunday 24th May, 2015, the body of Luang Phor Koon will be transferred to the Faculty of Medicine, KKU to be processed and later utilized for educational purposes, according to his will.
People can pay their respects to the body of Luang Phor Koon, whose clerical title was Phra Thep Witthayakhom, until 3 p.m. on Sunday, 24th May, 2015.
Written by Bussarin Udomsap
Editorial board: Assoc. Prof. Supat Sinawat, Mrs. Duangsamorn Chankwang, Miss Karen Gail Welker,
The Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University