Statute of Luang Pho Cham at Wat Chalong in Phuket demolished

The 30-metre high statute of Luang Pho Cham, a revered and respected monk in the south who passed away over a century ago, was demolished.

The demolition of the statute at Wat Chalong in Phuket was decided yesterday by the Wat Phra Bang Sang development committee following complaint and criticism on the social media that it was disproportionate.

Director of Phuket National Office of Buddhism Mr Winya Paladkwa said after the demolition of the statute, the Phuket Office of Public Works, Town and Country Planning would work out a blueprint to improve the landscape of areas around the temple, excluding areas which had been registered by the Department of Fine Arts.

The improvement would take time as so far there were no improvement yet on the structures inside the temple, he said.

He said so far only some of the 17 structures in the temple could be partly removed, particularly on the front where major structured had been demolished, including the Ganesha or the elephant-headed god statute.

Public work officials have moved in heavy machinery and inspected the temple in preparation for the demolition of the statute to ensure full safety as the statute is high.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)