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Opponents of Chinatown temple to stage rally

May 20. 2012
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By Anupan Jantana
The Nation

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Supporters of Bangkok's Leng Noei Yi Temple will stage a short march Monday to show their opposition to the Station1@China Town project.

The project is developing a building on a land plot adjacent to the famous Chinese temple. 

To the temple’s management and staunch followers, the project appears set to include a hotel, even though it will be dubbed as a serviced apartment. 
“Our activities will start with lighting candles and saying prayers inside the temple,” Pisitchanon Niwattanakul, a member of the Leng Noei Yi Temple’s board, said yesterday. 
He said the participants in the campaign would gather at 10.30 am. After the candle-lighting and prayer rituals, they would attend a seminar on Chinese culture and arts, as well as safety in high-rise buildings.
“The march will start around noon,” Pisitchanon said.
The procession will leave Leng Noei Yi Temple via its gate on Charoenkrung Road and move a short distance before re-entering via another gate. 
“We will make the activities outside the temple brief because we don’t want to paralyse traffic,” he said.
Some 500 people from local communities and the Don’t Drive Drunk Foundation will definitely join today’s activities, Pisitchanon said.
“We believe some more people who have learnt about our activities from social media will also join in,” he said.

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