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Anointing ceremony for ground stabilisation and restoration at Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep

Anointing ceremony for ground stabilisation and restoration at Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep

Nopniwat Krailerg & Supoj Thiamyoj
At a press conference held on August 25, it was announced that an anointing and blessing ceremony would be held on September 5, to help ensure the success of the major work necessary to stabilise the ground beneath the famous temple and its pagoda at Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep.

Wallop Namwongprom, a committee member of the Phra Thart Doi Suthep Foundation shows a picture of the completed renovation work on Phra That Doi Suthep’s pagoda.

Recent structural engineering reports have warned that, due to the nature of the soil on which the temple and its pagoda containing the precious relics of the Lord Buddha, there is a strong likelihood that a period of heavy rain combined with a small earthquake could result in severe damage to the historical site.
A grant has been received form the government to help cover the cost of the groundworks, which will be extensive, as the site itself has not been renovated for 471 years. The relics will also be restored, as they have deteriorated and become very fragile. The first phase of the work is ongoing, with the second phase due to begin on September 5 and take around 10 months. Total cost is estimated at more than 70 million baht.
During the ceremony, to be presided over by Minister of Culture Teera Slukpetch, the anointing of grouting material will be carried out by Somdej Prabuhhdajarn, acting for Somdej Phra Sankharaja. It will be regarded as one of the major events in Chiang Mai’s long history.