Wat Khunaram, Ko Samui houses the body of a mummified monk named Luang Por Daeng Piyasilo, also called Phra Khru Samathakittikhun. Luang Por Daeng became a monk when he was 20 years old. Two years later, he left monkhood and got married to a woman from Lamai and had six children by her. His years as a layman were not enveloped with poverty. Instead, he had a well to do family. He himself was well respected by his peers.
When he reached the age of 50 and his children were all grown adults, he decided to become a monk again and dedicate his life to Buddhism. He came back to the temples where, in 1944, he was ordained again as a monk. He devoted his life to the study of Buddhism, even going to Bangkok in order to acquire more knowledge. He also spent considerable time in meditation, which was one of the things he loved to do most. When he came back to Ko Samui, he stayed in Tham Yai, a cave at the foot of Khao Ma-ngaen in Lamai that is more popularly known in the present time as the Tamarind Springs. He stayed in the cave for two years, meditating for most of his time there.
Afterward, he went to Chaweng and lived in the temple called Wat Pang Bua. Eventually, he became an Abbot, which in Thai is called Jao Wat. Later on, he went back home to his family who lived just near Wat Khunaram, Ko Samui.
It is believed that Luang Por Daeng was able to foresee his death. Two months before he died, he left instructions as to how he wanted his body to be handled upon his death. He said that if his body decomposed, he wanted it to be cremated. His ashes were to be scattered over Saam Jaeg in Hua Thanon. This place is a popular road intersection marked by three forks. He went on to instruct further that if his body did not decompose, he wanted it to be kept in an upright coffin that would be put on display in the temple. He said that he would be able to inspire many people to adhere to Buddhist teachings this way.
At the age of 79 years and 8 months, Luang Por Daeng finally died. In the last week of his life, he kept to himself, never talked to anybody, and did not eat or drink. The last seven days of his life were spent meditating. He died in a sitting position, indicating he was in meditation when he passed away. His body was kept in the same posture in fulfillment of his previous request.
His remains are now enclosed in a glass coffin in Wat Khunaram. Many people are baffled that his body has not decomposed even though he has been dead for 30 years. Years ago, his eyes fell out of his head so the monks put dark glasses on him. His body continues to be in display in Wat Khunaram, Ko Samui, if you wish to see it. The temple has attracted a lot of Buddhist followers and tourists alike.