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KKU seeks more donated flowers as million people expected at Luang Phor Koon cremation

Jan 22. 2019
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By Sumalee Suwannakorn
The Nation

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Khon Kaen University (KKU) has asked for additional donations amounting to 200,000 rose-patterned funeral flowers, as the prepared 800,000 flowers are not enough to support the one million people expected to turn up to pay their respects to the late much-revered northeastern monk, Luang Phor Koon Parisuttho.

Meanwhile, a large crowd on Tuesday continued to pay respect to the monk’s body, which is among the KKU Faculty of Medicine’s 647 “Khru Yai” cadavers placed for Abhidhamma prayers at the KKU Golden Jubilee Convention Hall since Monday, before the royally sponsored cremation rites are held on January 29 for 144 “Khru Yai” cadavers, including that of Luang Phor Koon. 

The late abbot of Wat Bai Rai in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Dan Khun Thot district will be cremated in a “one-of-a-kind art masterpiece” temporary crematorium erected at Buddhamonton Isan, a religious venue within the Wat Nong Waeng compound in Khon Kaen’s Mueang district. 

KKU’s rector assistant for human resources, Jongrak Hong-ngam, in her capacity as head of funeral flower-making for Luang Phor Koon’s cremation, on Tuesday said the university had prepared 800,000 funeral flowers, an amount that was now deemed insufficient by a revised assessment based of the crowd that turned out on Monday night. 

Another 200,000 funeral flowers were therefore needed, as one million people were expected to pay respect to the late monk, she said, adding that those wishing to donate the rose-patterned funeral flowers can contact officials at the funeral-flower distribution point in front of the hall. 

Luang Phor Koon, died at the age of 92 on May 16, 2015.

His will donated his body for medical research at KKU and requested that the body be later cremated to avoid a “burden to others” or of anyone taking advantage of his body, as well as preventing conflicts among his disciples.

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