World Famous Beautiful Thai Temple ‘Wat Pho’ Bans Entry of Foreigners
Bangkok: The entry of foreigners into the Buddhist temple ‘Wat Pho’, the main site of tourist attraction in Thailand, has been banned in the wake of fears of an outbreak of Coronavirus infection.
Indicators were seen on Thursday morning at the main gate of the Wat Pho Temple adjacent to the Grand Palace in Bangkok, which read, “Only Thailand People are Allowed Entry,” “Only People of Thailand” and “Foreigners not Allowed”. This temple, which is among the largest temples in the country, decorated with frescoes and gold workmanship, is known for its 151-foot tall statue of the reclining Buddha God.”
Wat Pho administration worker Vita Artchinda told over the phone that the temple committee has decided not to allow foreigners to enter the temple due to concerns about Coronavirus infection. He said, “The infection is still uncontrolled in many countries, so we have to be vigilant as per the advice of the government.” However, there is no information about any government order regarding the ban on foreigners entering the temple.
The temple was reopened last week after being closed for two months during the lockdown enforced in Thailand. The incidence of coronavirus infection in Thailand is still lower than in other countries. There have been a total of 3,125 cases of infection in the country, of which 58 people have died. No new cases of infection were reported in Thailand on Thursday.