via BBC and other news outlets, 19 October 2018: Two of the tourists directly responsible for vandalising the Chiang Mai Gate, a Brit and Canadian have been arrested. Their passports have been confiscated and they are waiting for their day in court.
via BBC, 20181019
A British tourist accused of spray painting his name on a historic landmark in Thailand could face 10 years in prison.
Local police said Lee Furlong, 23, from Liverpool, has admitted defacing Tha Phae Gate in the city of Chiang Mai.
Video appears to show a man spraying “Scouser Lee” on the gate, part of which dates back to the 13th Century.
Supt Teerasak Sriprasert said Mr Furlong would be charged with “vandalising an archaeological site”.
A Canadian woman, Brittney Schneider, has also been arrested and charged with vandalism for allegedly adding her first initial to graffiti on the gate.
“They will face no more than 10 years’ jail [and/or] a fine of no more than a million baht (about £23,555),” Supt Sriprasert said.
Source: Briton faces jail for spraying ‘Scouser Lee’ on Thai gate – BBC News
via Khaosaod English, 19 October 2018: Tourists behaving badly – Two tourists caught on CCTV spray painting on the ancient gates of Chiang Mai, two more at large.
Vandalism on Chiang Mai gates. Source: Bangkok Post 20181018
A Briton and Canadian face 10 years in prison and a 1 million baht fine for tagging an ancient, historical wall in Chiang Mai.
British man Lee Furlong and Canadian national Brittney Lorretta Katherine Schneider, both 23, were arrested Thursday afternoon on suspicion of spray-painting a portion of the city’s Tha Phae Gate.
Security camera from a nearby cafe shows four foreigners approaching the site at about 4am on Thursday. Two of them approach the wall and one begins to spray it. Apparently realizing it was misspelled, the vandal returns to fix it to say “Scouser Lee B.”
Source: Farangs Face Hard Time for Chiang Mai Vandalism | Khaosod English
Graffiti written at Chiang Mai gate angers residents | Bangkok Post: news
via The Nation, 12 September 2018: Chiang Mai prepares to be nominated for Unesco World Heritage Status.
THE CHIANG MAI World Heritage Working Group has completed its paperwork and is ready to make its submission this month to Unesco (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) to make Chiang Mai a world heritage city, Woralun Boonyasurat, head of the Thai Art Department at Chiang Mai University’s Faculty of Fine Arts, said yesterday.
Source: Chiang Mai bids to become Thailand’s sixth protected site
- Chiang Mai World Heritage to File Submission to UNESCO (Chiang Mai City News, 14 Sep 2018)
A Thai princess lends her royal support to the Viang Ta Kian site in Chiang Mai, an ancient town that was ruled by both the Burmese and the Lanna kingdoms. A museum is planned for the site to consolidate the artefacts found in the area.
Preserving the Priceless
18 October 2009
It’s truly a rojak edition of rojak – I can’t find a theme to string all these posts through! We’ve got a little bit of stolen gold (photographs, that is), broken pagodas, evolutionists and a bit of twittering.
photo credit: avlxyz