Having cleared encroachments around Big Buddha Hill’s Chinese shrine, Pattaya is now investigating options for the cleared land.
Deputy city mayors Manote Nongyai and Pattana Boonsawat toured the Phra Yai Temple area with engineering and public works staff on Pratamnak Hill at the end of last month to discuss redevelopment of the temple, the Wang Sam Sien Chinese shrine and Attajinda Road.
Pattaya was originally offered 5 rai of Ministry of Defence land from the Royal Thai Navy. After the rights were transferred, Pattaya improved the landscaping but found numerous private ventures were encroaching. The city ordered all the structures to be removed in October 2016.
The popular Wang Sam Sien, built by the Mahakitpaisan Foundation, was also removed after a battle that ended in the Supreme Court upheld a court order for it to be removed.
City officials originally planned to remove the shrine, but changed course and will now manage it directly. The city is looking to beautify the landscape and add facilities to attract more tourists.