Eleven injured as historic tower collapses during restoration at Bangkok temple

national September 25, 2018 21:00

By The Nation

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As many as 11 workers were injured on Tuesday when an ancient bell tower collapsed during restoration work at a Bangkok temple.

Three of the workers sustained serious injuries and are being treated at Siriraj Hospital. 

The Fine Arts Department initiated the restoration of Phraya Tham Temple in Bangkok Noi district. 

“We have already received report of the collapse and will find out what caused it,” Fine Arts Department director-general Anandha Chuchoti said.

The Bt8.65-million project, awarded to Priyakij Co Ltd, began on May 18. 

An engineer from the Fine Arts Department has been overseeing the work. 

The unusually designed bell tower is believed to be several centuries old and has been registered as a historical site. 

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