The equestrian statue of King Rama 5 at the Royal Plaza, Bangkok's major ground for political activities, will undergo urgent renovation after being left unattended for about 20 years, Fine Arts Department director-general Anek Seehamat said.
Mr Anek said the 106-year-old statue is in a state of disrepair, damaged by dust, vehicle exhaust fumes, smokes from incense sticks and candles, rain, sun and carbon pollution.
It has been over 20 years since it was last renovated, he said.
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