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Cemetery dispute

Chinese descendants may pay rents to Wat Phananchoeng

About 500 Chinese descendants in Ayutthaya were urged Sunday to pay rents to Wat Phananchoeng, to stop the temple from relocating an old cemetery - the burial site of many of their ancestors.

They gathered and discussed Wat Phananchoeng’s plan to relocate the 20-rai cemetery. The temple earlier announced the plan to construct new buildings for sick monks and religious ceremonies, as well as parking space.

Vinai Asvarachan, president of a provincial Chinese foundation, said the descendants were asked to pay rents to the temple and to consider if they would step in to manage the cemetery after that.

"I believe that all share one goal, to block the temple from relocating the cemetery which will severely hurt the feeling of people in the province," he said.

The temple earlier asked all descendants to remove the remains of their ancestors from the cemetery by August 2014.

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