Ayutthaya temple in Pattaya to be restored

Funds have been raised and plans are in place to restore an ancient temple dating to the Ayutthaya period in eastern Thailand. The news article has a short video on the temple as well.

Restoring ancient temple
Pattaya People, 28 April 2015

Plans are afoot to go ahead and restore an ancient Buddhist temple located in Banglamung district after many attempts by local residents for authorities to bring the building back to its former glory. Already, a sum of 900,000 baht has been raised for the project from local and social network contributions. On the morning of Sunday, 26th April officers from the Thailand Fine Art Department paid a visit to the temple, which is believed to have been constructed during the Ayutthaya period in Siamese/Thai history that existed from 1351 to 1767. For some unknown reason the temple was abandoned and is now almost a ruin. If approved, then reconstruction could commence within 60 days.

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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