The Ayutthaya provincial administration on Wednesday cut off the power and water supply to 163 vendors who have encroached on the ancient World Heritage-listed Luangpor Mongkol Bophit Temple in Ayutthaya province.
Sayumporn Kulsuk, the chief of the operation, said the aim is to pressure the 163 vendors to move from the site to a market prepared for them 700 metres away at the old Ayutthaya hall.
Authorities have also banned tourists from entering the parking ground behind the temple to deprive the vendors of possible customers, she said.
She said the vendors have encroached on the historical site for over 10 years and they have previously been given several deadlines to relocate.
She said the latest deadline – Wednesday – will not be extended so the authorities closed the market.
The vendors will be allowed to move their belongings until the end of this month but trade activities are banned, she added.