One of northern Thailand’s most famous temples plans to build toilets to be used by Thais and non-Chinese tourists only, the Bangkok Post reported.
Wat Rong Khun, better known as the White Temple, in Chiang Rai will add the new toilets after widespread complaints about the lack of bathroom etiquette by Chinese tourists, temple officials told the DPA news service.
Earlier, the temple had banned Chinese tourists after tour groups from China had left the toilets in a state of disrepair.
“They had defecated on the floor, urinated on the walls outside and left sanitary pads on the wall of the bathrooms,” said an official, who asked not to be named.
The temple’s designer, Chalermchai Kositpipat, said in a television interview it was “impossible” for other tourists to use the bathrooms after the Chinese tour groups, so he would build new ones.
Last year, 4.62 million Chinese visited Thailand, accounting for 18.7 percent of all international arrivals, more than any from any other country.
In a recent incident, a tourist from China kicked a bell at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai. His action, captured in a video posted online, drew widespread condemnation.
The man posed for a photo with a row of bells before kicking one of them while laughing as he left the sacred grounds.
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