THAILAND: ANCIENT AYUTTHAYA TEMPLE DAMAGED BY DRAMA-OBSESSED TOURISTS

AYUTTHAYA, Thailand Parts of Wat Chaiwatthanaram, an ancient temple in Ayutthaya, have been closed as officials seek to repair damages caused by tourists, Thailand's The Nation reported.

Some tourists have not followed the rules. They climbed on ancient structures instead of using stairways, Channarong Kaewruang, a historian working at the Ayutthaya Historical Park, said on Thursday.

Inspired by the popular Ayutthaya period TV drama Buppesannivas, or Love Destiny, more than 10,000 tourists have recently visited the temple each day.

An artisan who is repairing the historic site said many bricks had fallen off the structure because tourists had climbed on it.

The historical park has erected boards warning tourists about banned behaviour.

Source: NAM News Network