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Tour guide apologizes for inappropriate behaviour at Temple of Dawn

Tourist police today (Dec 16) escorted a 44-year-old female guide to Wat Arun pagoda to apologize for her inappropriate behaviour in climbing and stepping on the ancient pagoda to take photos.

Noranon Norakamin, a Thai tour guide, reported herself to Bang Yai police yesterday (Dec 15) after the police summoned her to acknowledge charge of violating the Ancient Monuments, Antiques, Objects of Art and National Museums Act.

The charge came after a tourism news Facebook page posted photos of Ms Noranon stepping on the sacred Phra Prang Wat Arun with her foreign tourist client for photo shoot.

The photos went viral on the social media with many viewers criticising her behaviour as inappropriate and could cause damages to the ancient pagoda.

Pol Maj-Gen Surachet Hakpan, deputy commission of the Tourist Police Bureau Hakpan today escorted her to the pagoda to apologize for the misbehaviour.

After that the police brought her to Talingchang provincial court for indictment.

Violators of the Ancient Monuments, Antiques, Objects of Art and National Museums Act could face up to one month in prison and a 10,000 baht fine.

Pol Maj-Gen Surachet said around 34 million foreign tourists visit Thailand each year, so, police have to step up law enforcement to preserve the country's tourism resources.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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