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Hefty fines up to B1m for drying clothes at historical sites

AYUTTHAYA: Repeated offenders who turn national heritage sites into their laundry-drying places could pay a heavy price, a Fine Arts Department official warned on Monday (April 30).


By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 1 May 2018, 11:51AM


Clothes are being dried at Wat Khok Phraya, a historic site, in Ayutthaya. Photo: Facebook via Phra Nakhon Ayutthaya Historical Park office / Bangkok Post

Clothes are being dried at Wat Khok Phraya, a historic site, in Ayutthaya. Photo: Facebook via Phra Nakhon Ayutthaya Historical Park office / Bangkok Post

The warning was issued after a Facebook user showed clothes on makeshift laundry lines in the premises of Wat Khok Phraya, a national heritage since 1980.

The name of the Facebook account and the time the pictures were taken were not disclosed.

Sukany Baonid, the director of the Phra Na Khon Ayutthaya Historic Park office, said she had talked to residents living near the site in Phra Nakhon Sri Ayutthaya district and they admitted that it was against law.

Officials will give warnings to them and other people who did the same at other national sites, informing them of possible legal consequences.

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People who ignore the warnings and continue to dry clothes could be considered violators of the Act on Ancient Monuments, Antiques and Objects of Arts and National Museum, she said.

The law carries the maximum fine up to B1 million and jail term of 10 years or both, the official added.

Wat Khok Phraya was used as a site to execute kings and royal families since King Ramesuan reigning Ayutthaya from 1339-95.

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BenPendejo | 01 May 2018 - 19:08:36

And Jeez... a million baht fine for clothes drying!!!  That is 10 times more expensive than smoking on the beach!  I think I'll just stay with killing people in car accidents...just a few thousand baht and you're good to go!

BenPendejo | 01 May 2018 - 19:04:48

"The director of the Historic Park office, said she had talked to residents living near the site...and they admitted that it was against law."  But the residents just don't give a s#!t...as with virtually all laws in this country...most people pay them no attention, since there is nobody there to enforce laws. 

Kurt | 01 May 2018 - 18:27:35

The people who dry their clothes at that location are not the 'richest' thai people if you know what I mean
(They dried them there already centuries)
So, to come up with promising B1 million fine / 10 years prison is as idiot as such penalty for cigarettes buts at beaches or the death penalty if you walk beach in front of runway Phuket airport
Complete off the world. Good global laugh

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