A budget of Bt300 million has been earmarked for the renovation of the Government House complex as some buildings are in bad repair owing to the months long anti-government protest, an informed source said.
The source added that the renovation had nothing to do with the tradition of new governments making feng shui-related adjustments to boost their success. Feng shui is an ancient Chinese system of introducing harmony and controlling the flow of energy.
The previous Pheu Thai and Democrat-led governments made changes to the complex according to recommendations made by feng shui experts.
Pol General Adul Saengsingkaew, deputy chief of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), will on Monday lead a religious rite for the worship of the spirits guarding the premises.
Landscape of the Government House premises will be adjusted and key buildings – namely Ku Fa, Santi Maitri, Banchakarn and Nari Samosorn – will undergo major renovations.
The Nari Samosorn building, which was previously used as a news centre, will be turned into a reception area for government guests.
Renovation work will be carried out by officials from the Fine Arts Department, the city’s Public Works and Town and Country Planning and the Army’s Department of Post Engineering.