800-year-old pagoda in Lampang faces damage from heavy monsoon

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LAMPANG, 20 August 2012 (TTN) – The ground near the 800-year-old Pagoda at Wat Mon Phraya Chae in Lampang has subsided 2 meter in depth due to last year’s heavy rainfall. However, little has been made to renovate the ancient site.

Temple abbot Wor Athidhammo said heavy monsoon last year caused landslides and many sinkholes around the temple compound with one worrying crack located 3-meter-away from the pagoda.

Other sinkholes, he said, are expanding its reach nearer to the pagoda and have damaged a 100-year-old parsonage of former abbot.

The abbot has informed the 7th Regional Office of Fine Arts in Nan province about the incident but has not received any response so far.

With ‘possible’ heavy monsoon this year, the pagoda might face serious damage if the reconstruction is not completed in time, he said.

Read more: NNT

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