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Thailand's Temple of Dawn to get $5m makeover

Published on Sep 20, 2013 4:37 PM

BANGKOK (AFP) - Thailand's iconic "Temple of Dawn" on the banks of Bangkok's Chao Phraya river is to undergo a three-year renovation costing around US$4 million (S$4.98 million), authorities said on Friday.

Wat Arun, one of the kingdom's most famous landmarks known for the morning light reflecting off its porcelain-encrusted surfaces, will remain open to visitors during the overhaul, according to officials.

"We will not close it all. The repairs will start in some parts only," a senior monk at the temple, Phra Sri Suthi Wethee, told AFP.

"Tourists can still come. We haven't closed the big stupa yet."

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