Vendors evicted as temple readies for heritage site status

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Wat Phra That Phanom. Source: Bangkok Post 20181107

via Bangkok Post, 07 November 2018:

Wat Phra That Phanom. Source: Bangkok Post 20181107

Wat Phra That Phanom. Source: Bangkok Post 20181107

Disgruntled vendors gathered outside historical Wat Phra That Phanom in Nakhon Phanom on Wednesday in protest against their eviction from the grounds to pave the way for registration of the temple as a Unesco World Heritage site.

About 100 vendors converged on the area in front of Wat Phra That Phanom Voramahaviharn, widely known as Wat Phra That Phanom, in That Phanom district to air their grievance.

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Plans to move museum axed after locals protest

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Dvaravati Wheels of Law at the Nakhon Pathom Museum. Source: Bangkok Post 20150507

Plans to relocate the artefacts from the Nakhon Pathom Museum to another province were axed after fierce protests from locals in the province. The Phra Pathom Chedi National Museum houses a number of artefacts from the Dvaravati period, spanning the 4th – 10th centuries.

Dvaravati Wheels of Law at the Nakhon Pathom Museum. Source: Bangkok Post 20150507

Dvaravati Wheels of Law at the Nakhon Pathom Museum. Source: Bangkok Post 20150507

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The Culture Ministry has decided to shoot down a proposal to make changes to the Phra Pathom Chedi National Museum following strong protests by locals.

The Fine Arts Department, which is supervised by the ministry, is working on the proposal as it tries to improve museums in the face of staff shortages and budget constraints.

The proposal, however, has enraged people in Nakhon Pathom province as they suspect the department wants to take artefacts and historical items from the only national museum in their hometown.

Locals do not believe the department’s explanation that antiques from the Phra Pathom Chedi National Museum would only be put on display temporarily at the Uthong National Museum in Suphan Buri province – or to be exact – only when the Phra Pathom Chedi National Museum is relocated to another better-equipped venue.

The scepticism arose when word spread that the department planned to close or merge nine museums.

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