The Thailand Government's Departments of Fine Art has now completed the restoration of the Pagoda at the Temple of Arun in Bangkok after almost four years work.
GVs Pagoda Arun from Chaopya River and surrounds(3 shots)
GVs and SVs now construction on pagoda; workman shaping and chipping designs (6 shots).
CU and SVs craftsman sculpting symbols and figures (7 shots).
GV scaffolding on pagoda (2 shots).
GV finished pagoda from across river.
GV tourist launch arrives at wharf.
TV tourist in pagoda grounds and looking at new building .. tilt up to pagoda (2 shots).
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Background: The Thailand Government's Departments of Fine Art has now completed the restoration of the Pagoda at the Temple of Arun in Bangkok after almost four years work. It is the second time that major renovations have had to be carries out in the building since it was built in 1851.
The Pagoda was built by king Rama the Third, and is 62 mtrs. (203 feet) high. It was first restored in 1900 by King Rama the Fifth, but this time the work was supervised by Professor Sompop Priomya, who was a Captain in the Royal Thailand Navy. He is now the Director General of the Fine Art Department, and he was assisted by Mr. Pairat Chutikun, the Director of Restoration.
Approximately one and a half million tiles, chosen from 30 different styles. were used in the original construction, and this most recent restoration had to replace five hundred thousand if them. It is there fore not surprising that the work - scheduled to end in 1974 - in fact took ??? longer to complete.
There are more than twenty thousand temples in Thailand, and the Pagoda at Arun is one of the largest in the whole of Asia. it is well known to tourists who pass through Bangkok's floating market on their way to the hotels in the city centre
Out of the vast number of temples in Thailand, only thirty are regarded as being of sufficient architectural and historical importance to be maintained by the Fine Art Department. The rest are administered and looked after by the Religious Affairs Departments.