Bt170m sought for Wat Arun repairs

national October 16, 2012 00:00

By The Nation

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The Fine Arts Department will seek Bt169.7 million for repairs to Wat Arun.

Tharapong Srisuchart, head of the Archaeology Office, said Bt130 million would go to restoration of the riverside landmark’s large stupas. The other Bt39.7 million was needed to restore two much-deteriorated small stupas and two pyramid-roofed square halls. The Culture Minister would seek the funds from Cabinet.

Before work can begin, officials plan to inspect the stability of foundations and produce a 3D survey of the temple. They also plan to install a seismograph to monitor earthquake activity.

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