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Unwanted spirit houses dumped by side of a road

A local motorcyclist keeps to the far side of the road as he passes this discarded old spirit house. (Photos by Chudate Seehawong)

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Villagers in Chai Nat say more than 500 dilapidated spirit houses have been dumped near a large tree at the side of a road, horrifying people who pass the spot at night.

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Dumped, unwanted spirit houses horrify villagers

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CHAI NAT – An unsightly pile of discarded broken and unwanted spirit houses, shrines and various kinds of spirit dolls on the side of a rural road in Sankhaburi district has local residents up in arms.

The intolerable eyesore is along the road between Sankhaburi district and Khai Bang Rachan district in neighbouring Sing Buri.

Residents of Moo 6 village in tambon Pho Ngam asked local media to help convey their complaint to the provincial office of rural roads.

They said more than 500 dilapidated spirit houses have been dumped on a growing pile of debris near a large tree at a curve between kilometre markers 24-25 on rural road No 4050.

Broken and unwanted spirit houses and dolls left on the roadside in Sankhaburi district, Chai Nat.

Not only is it an ugly blight on the landscape, its mere presence horrifies many people, especially when they have to pass it at night.

Chayaboon Jaemsiri, director of the Chai Nat rural road office, admitted he had received complaints about the spot from the local community.

He would send officials to examine the site this week. A work gang would later be sent there with a dump truck to remove the debris and make the site clean and tidy.

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Vocabulary:

admitted (verb): agreed that something is true, especially when you are unhappy, sorry or surprised about it - ยอมรับ

blight (noun): something that has a bad effect on a situation, a person’s life or the environment - สิ่งที่ทำลาย, ความเสื่อมโทรม

community : the people living in one particular area - ชุมชน

complaint : when someone says that something is wrong or not satisfactory - การร้องเรียน

convey : to communicate something; to express a thought, feeling or idea so that it is understood by other people - สื่อไปถึง, สื่อสาร

curve : a line or surface that bends gradually; a smooth bend - เส้นโค้ง, ทางโค้ง

debris : broken pieces that are left when something large has been destroyed - เศษ ซากปรักหักพัง  ซากสิ่งของที่ถูกทำลาย

dilapidated : old and in bad condition - ซึ่งชำรุดทรุดโทรม

director (noun): the head of a school or organisation - ผู้อำนวยการ

discarded (adj): abandoned; left because of not being wanted - ถูกละทิ้ง, ถูกทอดทิ้ง

dump (verb): to get rid of something unwanted - ทิ้ง

dump truck (noun): a vehicle for carrying earth, stones, etc. in a container which can be lifted up for the load to fall out - รถดัมเปอร์

eyesore : something that is ugly or unpleasant to look at - สิ่งที่ไม่สวยงาม (ตึก, สถานที่)

horrify (verb): to make somebody feel extremely shocked, disgusted or frightened - ทำให้หวาดกลัว, ทำให้ตกใจ,

intolerable : impossible to bear or deal with - ซึ่งสุดที่จะทนได้

landscape : the appearance and characteristics of an area of land - ภูมิประเทศ, ภูมิทัศน์

local : in or related to the area that you live, or to the particular area that you are talking about - ท้องถิ่น

media : radio, television, newspaper, the Internet, considered as a group - สื่อ

mere (adj): only; used for emphasising that something is small or unimportant - เพียงเท่านั้น

neighbouring : located or living near or next to a place or person - ติดกัน, ที่อยู่ใกล้เคียง, ที่ตั้งอยู่ใกล้เคียง

pile : objects positioned one on top of another - กอง

presence : the fact of being in a particular place, thing or situation - การเข้าร่วม, การมีอยู่

provincial (adj): related to "provinces" , the different parts of a country - ประจำจังหวัด, ส่วนท้องถิ่น

residents : people who live in a particular area - ประชาชนที่อาศัยในท้องที่

rural : connected with the countryside outside big towns and cities  - ในชนบท, บ้านนอก

shrine : a place for worship which is holy because of a connection with a holy person or object; a special place in which you remember and praise someone who has died, especially someone famous - สถานที่บูชา หรือ หลุมศพ

site : a place where something is located - สถานที่

spirit house (noun): the small house typically seen in front of Thai homes and businesses - ศาลพระภูมิ

spot : the particular place where someone or something is - ที่, สถานที่

tidy (adj): arranged neatly and with everything in order - ที่เป็นระเบียบ, ที่เป็นระเบียบเรียบร้อย

ugly : unpleasant to look at - น่าเกลียด, ขี้เหร่, ไม่สวย

unsightly : ugly, not pleasant to look at - น่าเกลียด, ไม่น่าดู

up in arms (idiom): very angry about something - โกรธ มาก  ไม่พอใจมาก

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