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Bangkok's heritage vanishes as urbanization speeds up

Venerable buildings and communities are being torn down in the name of progress

The popular Khao Gaeng Jek Pui street-food stall on Mangkon Road. The eatery has since moved to a new location as the authorities seek to clean up the city’s sidewalks. (Ben Davies)

BANGKOK -- Boonsong Chatayatorn, 71, peers out of his dilapidated two-story shophouse at Bangkok's unsightly urban sprawl. Except for the venerated Buddhist temple next door, he could be looking at almost any major city in Southeast Asia.

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