Locals call for probe into destroyed artefacts

Residents in Bangkok are urging for an investigation into the destruction of some historical artefacts by the local temple’s abbot who conducted unauthorised renovation to a pagoda.

Destroyed artefacts probe urged
Bangkok Post, 20 November 2014

Residents near Wat Kalayanamit have asked the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) to probe officials who allegedly failed to act against the local temple’s abbot when he was accused of destroying historical remains and antiques.

They lodged their complaint with the NLA’s committee on religion, culture and tourism yesterday while it was inspecting the riverside temple.

Abbot Phra Tham Chedi has been at odds with locals for 11 years, said residents’ representative Chaisit Kittiwanichaphan.

The committee led deputy Phetchaburi governor Pol Lt Col ML Kitibodee Pravitra to the spot where an ancient pagoda, containing the ashes of a wife and son of King Rama V were reportedly removed.

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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