The temple on Hat Patong Rd, which is near a large number of hotels, condominiums, restaurants and the local library, is becoming more and more popular for cremations. Sometimes there are two consecutive cremations on the same day. I realize that the temple was there before most of the nearby hotels, but the old-fashioned, polluting crematory that the temple uses was built less than five years ago. Does the local government have any plans to help the temple build a modern, non-polluting crematory? Or do residents and tourists have to suffer the rank odor and the unhealthy air forever?
Asked on Thursday, July 12, 2001 | 01:28 AM
Bjorn Ostrom, Patong.
The Kathu District Office intends to install an electric crematory that will not emit odors, but at the moment we don’t have the budget. We will be coordinating with the Patong Municipality to put together the budget for the new one to be built. In addition, donations are accepted at the temple from any person wishing to help. For the time being, to alleviate the bad odor problem, we have asked that as many services as possible be held at night. Apart from installing a new crematory, we are looking for a new site for a crematorium, out of town. We expect to locate a suitable site by the end of the year.