Temple chapel spared from demolition in construction of Purple Line rail project – Thai PBS World Tonight [5th March 2021]

The Ministry of Transport has assured that the two hundred year old Luang Poo Thuad  chapel at Iam Voranuch Temple will not be affected by the construction of the Purple Line rail project, although part of the temple’s land will be expropriated.

In a statement, posted on the Facebook page of the temple today (Friday), Deputy Transport Permanent Secretary Sorapong Paitoonphong said that he has been assured by the Expressway and Rapid Transit Authority (MRT), the project’s owner, that construction will not affect the chapel, adding that he has instructed the MRT to try to limit impacts on the temple as much as possible.

However, Phra Maha Soi Sitthimethee, the secretary of the temple, said the temple will submit a petition to the National Office of Buddhism today, seeking help, pointing out that, not only the temple, but also other ancient structures and a community on the temple grounds, will be evicted to pave the way for the construction of the railway.


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