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.
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
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
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.