Khao Samyot Wat Phrabat Nampu AIDS Memorial since 1 July 1992
without names
Tourists from mostly western nations visit in thousands every week, taking tours through the wards and continue on to the 'Life Museum', a collection of dozens of mummified corpses of dead AIDS patients. That is followed by the crematorium, which is surrounded by what seem to look like sculptures or other pieces of art made from the bones and ashes of those who have been cremated here. Then they walk to a hall which houses a Buddha surrounded by piles of sandbags, or 'ash-bags', which contain the ashes of those who were cremated but have not yet found relatives to take it home. Photo © Michael Gogh Ryoesque

29 June 2008
Michael Gogh, Ito, Shizuoka, Japan