A retired fine arts professor from Chiang Mai University says Chiang Mai’s ancient city wall and Chang Phuak Gate, which partially collapsed due to heavy rains over the weekend last, are not the original wall and gate built more than seven centuries ago, but were rebuilt only about 80 years ago.
Professor Emeritus Surapol Damrikul said in his Facebook post today (Monday) that he was happy the wall partially collapsed, so the people of Chiang Mai will know that this wall and gate have been rebuilt and were an eyesore on a historic site.
He claimed that all the old city wall and gates were destroyed and all the old bricks were sold long ago and finally rebuilt about 80 years ago by the mayor of Chiang May, Tim Chotna, without any historical basis.
He claimed that there were only two old photos showing Tha Pae and Chang Phuak gates in the National Archives, however adding that of all the reconstructed gates, only Tha Pae gate was rebuilt on the orders of the ‘former Governor of Chiang Mia Chaiya Poonsiriwong, in accordance with the original design and with the permission of the Fine Arts Department.
He asked the people of Chiang Mai to understand that the recently collapsed Chang Phuak Gate was not an ancient gate and prayed that heavy rains, induced by Tropical Storm Noru in the coming days, would also bring down the three gates. remaining reconstructed.
Another Facebook page claimed that Chang Phuak Gate, which appears in the old photo kept in the National Archives, is actually Hua Wiang Gate.
Chiang Mai’s ancient city wall partially collapses after heavy rain