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Work to correct Phuket’s ‘improper’ temple erections hits halfway mark

Work to correct Phuket’s ‘improper’ temple erections hits halfway mark

PHUKET: The work to remove or remodel 17 statues and other structures at Phra Nag Sang Temple in Thalang that have been deemed to be “improper” is half complete, Winya Paladkhwa, Director of Phuket office of the National Office of Buddhism, has confirmed.

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By The Phuket News

Friday 26 January 2018, 10:13AM


Mr Winya, who conducted an inspection of the work underway on Wednesday (Jan 24), said the project is hoped to be finished by the end of the month.

“The project is now 50% complete,” he said.

Mr Winya noted that the project had experienced some delays.

“We have had a problem with the machines and manpower as we have to share them with the upcoming Thao Thepkrasattri and Thao Srisoonthorn Festival,” he said.

Also, carrying out the project has required some sensitivity, he added.

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“For the Luang Por Chaem statue, we plan to remove this at night because we have to think about people’s feelings,” Mr Winya said.

Sensitivies have been a major concern, with Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong on Jan 11 leading a ceremony at the auspicious time of 9:09am to mark the beginning of the project. (See story here).

“We have to make certain plans specifically for large buildings due to safety and equipment concerns. “Also, other structures depend on the Fine Arts Department,” he added.

“We now have to focus on the demolition and adjustment of the temple landscape. We hope that we can remove all large buildings by the end of this month,” Mr Winya concluded.

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Jor12 | 26 January 2018 - 14:57:08

It's because they can. Attitudes change over time. 

Kurt | 26 January 2018 - 13:57:17

If peoples feelings and sensitivities were not a point by building this improper structures, why should it be a point when removing it now ?

And,..for demolition there are always many people available for just 300 thb per day.
Problems with machines? Service and maintenance them properly.

BenPendejo | 26 January 2018 - 13:37:33

Glad they're doing something. I brought guests here and was embarrassed and what a mess the place was. Looked like a cheesy knock-off of a Buddhist temple.  I wonder if the statues being removed include the 30' goddess with bare breasts and nipples showing and holding a machine gun. Looked like it was the brainchild of a weird teenage boy.  The place was a shameful embarrassment.

Kurt | 26 January 2018 - 13:04:22

I am just puzzled how possible that these 'improper' temple erections were done?
Does the National Office of Buddhism not overseas the building of religious constructions?
Are the provincial authorities not involved? About location, environmental impact, and construction safety?
How could something 'improper' ever built without thinking of sensitivity/feeling of people that time...

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