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Somdet Phrabuddhajaraya Funeral Services and Cortege

These last few days will forever remain a testament to the memory of all those touched by the reach of Buddhism and one of many great men who carry its message. Somdet Phrabuddhajaraya spent his entire life on a "Mission of World Buddhism" and along the way he nourished the hearts of many, in communities all around the globe, with his teachings and support.

This page contains four virtual tours capturing the last four days of funeral rites for Somdet Phrabuddhajaraya, the Patriarch of Wat Srakesa, the Golden Mount in Bangkok, Thailand.

The 360 degree photos are essentially organized in a chronological manner, highlighting the most important aspects of the Buddhist ceremonies, prayers, and chants regarding the funeral service.

Farewell Somdet, may you travel even further now.

  • March 7, 2014

    This day marked the beginning of ceremonies covering 4 days of tribute to the Venerable Somdet Phrabuddhajaraya, the Patriarch of Wat Srakesa. As is customary, throughout the day, resident and visiting monks were ushered in by groups of 10 to chant and pray for the passing of Somdet.

    Virtual Tour | Day 1 - Click Here
  • March 8, 2014

    A special memorial service was held at Mahachulalongkornrajavidlaya University to honor the lifetime achievements of Somdet's "Mission of World Buddhism"

    Following the service at the university, we were back at Wat Srakesa. Being it was the weekend, it allowed many more visitors to join and pay homage.

    Virtual Tour | Day 2 - Click Here
  • March 9, 2014

    Following 2 days of services at the temple, Somdet was transported via funeral cortege to Wat Thepsirin where his final moments in mortal form were highlighted by the arrival of Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.

    Yet the most profound event was the huge turnout of his friends and followers whose hearts he had touched through his journey's.

    Virtual Tour | Day 3 - Click Here
  • March 10, 2014

    Today began the journey home from Wat Thepsirin. The pire was opened and relics distributed, thrown to the wind in 4 directions, and hurridly collected by worshipers. The ashes were removed and taken inside for a quick prayer before being placed in a float. Moments later we began the slow journey back home to Wat Srakesa.

    Virtual Tour | Day 4 - Click Here
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