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The vantage point is actually a platform on which this sadly burnt out Buddha temple is located

The vantage point is actually a platform on which this sadly burnt out Buddha temple is located

So here it is, the Mae Hong Son temple, on a platform set at the base of the Wat Phra That Mae big Buddha hill. Sadly, fire destroyed the main chapel in this revered Mae Hong Son temple. The fire started at around 03:30 hrs, just before dawn. This old temple was also a popular tourist destination in Pai. After the fire broke out, Churairat Chanprom, head of Ban Mae Yen village, led villagers to fight the blaze and called the local village administration and Tambon Wieng Taio municipality to send fire engines. Fire-fighters took about two hours to control the blaze but by then it had destroyed the entire chapel, with the exception of three Buddha images contained within. (Pai, north Thailand, Oct. 2018)

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Photo taken on 1 October 2018 (© shankar s. / Flickr)

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