Too many temples in Thailand

Too many temples in Thailand - CNN, May 8, 2003
...(Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-Ngam) on Tuesday said too many new temples were being built, many in defiance of current regulations decreeing that temples must be at least 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) away from each other... There are more than 32,000 temples nationwide, but more than 5,000 are unused or deserted, (Suthiwong Tantayaphisalsut, director of the National Buddhist Institute,) told The Associated Press. There are about 500,000 monks and novices in Thailand.
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