Fine Arts Department finds water damage in Doi Suthep Buddha Relic, request immediate renovationSeptember 29th, 2008 - 9:47 am ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi
The Department of Fine Arts and members of Chiang Mai University’s Engineering Faculty have found water damage to the inner layer of the Bhudda Relic on Doi Suthep spurring concerns of collapse and requests to renovate the structure.
Director of the Area 8 Department of Fine Arts in Chiang Mai province Sahawat Nannah (สหวัฒน์ แน่นหนา) revealed that his department along with Chiang Mai University’s Engineering Faculty have made inspections into the structural integrity of the Doi Suthep Buddha Relic. He said that the team, which is comprised of experts in civil engineering and structural weight dispersal, conducted their inspection due to constant rain during the period. They were concerned that the structure was bogged down in water and moisture was seeping into the relic. Their inspection did find considerable water damage within the structure with much of its dry walling completely water logged causing it to break off. Nails in the structure were also found to no longer be supporting it with only the relics frame holding its weight.
The Fine Arts Department has sent a memo to the Abbot of Wat Doi Suthep informing him of the situation and the need for immediate renovation on fears of collapse. Their memo was responded to with the request for renovations to wait, but the department is planning to present the matter to Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat who will be visiting the province on October 1st.
Source : National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand