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Trees honouring late king chopped down in Phatthalung

Mar 22. 2019
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By Thanyawee Chansuksri
The Nation

CCTV recordings are being reviewed in a bid to find out who chopped down 300 Korean banyan trees lining a road in Phatthalung on Thursday night.

The Korean banyan is known locally as payom and is a symbol of the southern province. 

The felled trees were planted two years ago along a 20-kilometre stretch of Tamot-Ban Pru Naikhao Road in Tamot district in honour of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Residents of Ban Pru Naikhao area told police they’d seen several unknown people chopping the trees down with machetes.

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