Souvenir stall cleanout at Ayutthaya

Souvenir stalls in Ayutthaya

The Thai government is cracking down on unsightly souvenir stalls at the Ayutthaya World Heritage Site.

Souvenir stalls in Ayutthaya
Souvenir stalls in Ayutthaya

Eyesore souvenir stalls ordered out of old Ayutthaya
Bangkok Post, 19 August 2014

After bringing law and order to Hua Hin beach, the military regime has set its eyes on a new target – the World Heritage site in the old capital.

The province has received an order from the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to take action against souvenirs sellers causing an eyesore for tourists at the site, with the area around Wat Mongkol Borpitr the first target.

All 300 stalls around the temple’s main pavilion must be moved to a designated area by the end of September, provincial governor Witthaya Phiewpong said on Tuesday.

Full story here.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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