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Phuket: Chiang Rai’s famed White Temple smashed by quake

CHIANG RAI: One of Thailand’s most famous temples, Wat Rong Khun, also known as the White Temple, has been smashed beyond repair by yesterday’s earthquake in the north of the country, says the man who built it.

Tuesday 6 May 2014, 04:27PM

The White Temple, now a smashed ruin. Photo DSWarthout.

The White Temple, now a smashed ruin. Photo DSWarthout.

National artist Chalermchai Kositpipat said today (May 6) that the temple may be left in ruins as a reminder of its past glory.

The temple, in Chiang Rai City, was hit by the 6.3-Richter quake and two major aftershocks.

Ajarn Chalermchai said that after the quake, he at first thought the temple could be repaired but the two aftershocks smashed it to the point where it was now beyond his capability to restore it.

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He said painted murals which had taken him 20 years to create on walls and ceilings had been utterly smashed by the collapse of the buildings.

“It was a masterpiece of art and it cannot be recreated,” he said. “I spent almost 20 years doing it. I am now too old to spend another 20 years on it.

“Everything is finished and I may leave the temple as it is now for the later generations to remember.” Thai PBS



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