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In pictures: Monks in commercial Bangkok
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"Since construction started 20 years, many things have changed.

"We still get up at about 5am for alms-giving, but the shops don't close until 10pm and there is always a lot of traffic, so the noise goes on until late into the night. We have to rest when we can.

"Especially at the beginning, some of the novices were interested in things going on outside the temple. It's hard for them, in this environment. But I always encourage them not to focus on material things."

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