The body of the 58-year-old taxi driver was discovered Sunday in an abandoned quarry in Mungyeong in North Gyeongsang province, The Korea Herald reported. He was nailed to a wooden cross.
Police said the man went to great lengths to simulate Jesus' crucifixion. He was wearing only underpants and a headdress resembling a crown of thorrns, had a wound on his right side and had drilled holes in his palms.
Investigators said he had apparently been living in a tent near the quarry. They found plans for self-crucifixion and a whip there.
A pastor in Mugyeong said the man once came to him to talk about religion. He described him as having extreme views.