Byline: The Nation.
Revered monk Luangta Maha Bua dies, aged 97
Highly-revered monk Luangta Maha Bua passed away last night from natural causes. He was 97 years old.
Luangta Bua is perhaps best known for collecting more than 12 tonnes of gold bars and more than US 10 million in cash via donations to a public campaign to salvage Thailand's economy after the Asian economic meltdown 10 years ago. The gold and money was given as reserves to the Bank of Thailand.
A three-day funeral service under Royal patronage began yesterday at Wat Pa Ban Tad in Udon Thani, where he was the abbot.
A huge number of mourners attended the …