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No good deed: Fight heats up over 'abandoned' temple

The prospect of a land title document being issued for a remote wat in Sakon Nakhon considered deserted is raising the ire of locals who fear a well-heeled Pathum Thani place of worship is exploiting loopholes to force its way in

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A dispute over the legality of a temple on a remote island lake in the northeastern province of Sakon Nakhon is shedding light on the problem of abandoned and disused wats. 

PEACE AND PROBLEMS: The monastery at Wat Don Sawan was built in the late 1990s. Plans to issue a land title to the temple have been delayed following local protests.

Over the past two weeks, street protests and campaigns have been staged against the possible issuance of a land title deed for the 85 rai (13.6 hectares) of Wat Don Sawan to the local Buddhist governing body to turn it into monastery land.

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