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Blinged Out Monks: Several Thai Buddhist Monks Spotted with Luxury Wears

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A Buddhist monk walks down a road asking for alms to mark Vesak day in Colombo May 25, 2013. Vesak, which is celebrated on May 24 and 25 in Sri Lanka, commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. Picture taken May 25, 2013. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte (SRI LANKA - Tags: RELIGION) - RTX102NI

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A YouTube video showing Thai Buddhist monks flying in a private jet, wearing stylish aviator sunglasses, and carrying luxury brand travel bags has attracted criticism from Buddhists across Thailand.

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This story is based on a radio interview. Listen to the full interview.

Crime author John Burdett lives in Bangkok and writes about Thailand.

He speaks with anchor Marco Werman about the blinged out monks.