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A Visit to the Mummified Monk

Text and Photography by Nike - Friday, June 3, 2011

For an interesting day out on Koh Samui, a visit to The Mummified Monk is a definite must.
The Mummified body of the Island's most famous priest, named Loung Pordaeng, can be found on display in a specially constructed building at Wat Khun Aram / Khunaram, to the south of Lamai, on the Ring road between Huathanon and the Na Muang Waterfalls.

The mummified monk on Koh Samui

"Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds." - Buddhist Quotation

When he died more than 20 years ago, at the age of 79, he was sitting in a traditional meditation position, with his legs crossed and was preserved in the exact same position. It is definitely a very interesting sight, as the Mummified Monk now even sports a pair of sunglasses.The fascinating thing is that his body, remarkably, shows very few signs of decay. Many believe that this astonishing preservation is simply nothing short of a miracle and a reflection of the impact of the teachings of Buddhist Doctrines.

From Wat

From the temple shop

"On life's journey Faith is nourishment,
Virtuous deeds are a shelter,
Wisdom is the light by day and Right mindfulness is the protection by night.
If a man lives a pure life nothing can destroy him;
If he has conquered greed nothing can limit his freedom."
- Buddhist quotation

Admission to this temple is free of charge, however, guests are kindly reminded to dress modestly and remove their shoes before entering as to avoid unnecessarily offending anybody. Inside the temple one can find a detailed description of his life and journey as well as many talismans and souvenirs to take home.

Lord Buddha

"To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent." - Buddhist quotation

Blog by Nike - My Life in Samui

Text and Photography by Nike - Wednesday, June 1, 2011

In this blog I will cover the general aspects, experiences and events on Koh Samui Island as an expat who lives here on a permanent basis. Koh Samui, situated in the Gulf of Thailand, is the country's third largest island, and falls under the Surat Thani Province. With scenery, beaches, culture and exotic food of extraordinary proportions, it is a very popular holiday destination as well as a place where many foreigners, like myself, come to settle or stay for long periods to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life and pursue the island lifestyle. I am originally from Cape Town, South Africa. Through photography, and regularly updated personal experiences I will try to share as much of Samui as possible.

I have recently decided to try my luck at Muay Thai- the Thai combat sport or Thai Boxing. This mixed martial art dates back to the 1500's and is a big part of Thai culture. On Koh Samui alone there are ample Muay Thai Training camps scattered around the Island. I chose to start my training at WMC in Lamai - Lamaimuaythaicamp.com - and can honestly say that I am thoroughly satisfied by the training, level of professionalism and the overall "family" feeling that one finds amongst the students as well as the trainers. I find there is an unspoken mutual respect between people who train Muay Thai, no matter how advanced or amateur you are, the same grueling training routines are followed by each and every one of us.

Muay Thai can be practiced for professional fighting purposes or simply to get in shape- and boy- will you shed those kilo's in no time!

At the Muay Thai Camp

Through patience and persistence you will find strength.

Café next to the thaiboxing camp

Right next to the gym there is a small restaurant that serves food specifically catering for Muay Thai students or any one who appreciates a healthy, scrumptious meal for that matter. They specialize in smoothies, wheat grass and protein shakes but also makes a mean hamburger, fuel for everyone ;)

Pad work with instructor

One of the trainers at the gym. "The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be ignited." - Plutarch

Off to today's training.

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