Wat Suan Dok closed off after tourists take inappropriate pictures.
Tourists took inappropriate pictures at the Old Lanna Royal Family Burial Site located in Wat Suan Dok, Chiang Mai Province. The pictures were posted on Instagram with an attempt to use the Family Burial as an artsy location. The tourists in this story should’ve been more aware of the history behind the construction before deciding to take pictures like this, hopefully, they take this as a lesson to remember next time they visit a historical site, no matter in what country.
The picture caused great concern to living relatives of the bloodline. The family is of Royal Bloodline. The relatives are responsible for taking care of the Old Lanna Royal Family Burial Site to this day.
As a result, there is an English and Thai sign placed in front of all 14 Burials that state “No Entry”. This is to protect any incidents like this from happening again. Climbing the Burial and the walls are an act of extreme discrimination whether intentional or not. Inside the Burials are the cremation remains of those in the Royal Bloodline who are a significant part of Chiang Mai’s History. To give a better understanding, it is like climbing on top of the Chiang Mai’s late King and Royal Families remains.
Not only are the relatives of the bloodline offended, but the people of Chiang Mai and other Thai citizens are also disappointed to see pictures of tourists climbing on the burial site as if it was meaningless. When visiting a foreign location with different cultures than what you’re used to, it’s always good to research or at least try to learn a brief history of each tourist location.
The signs that have been hung up at the burial site is only one method of protection against incidences like this from happening again. Those with decency should have no problem understanding the “No Entry” sign and the chains hung across the entrance ways.
FB Caption: Tourists shared pictures on Instagram climbing the walls of the ancient burial.
Source: Workpoint News