Monks pull down a wall built by a developer in front of Famen Temple, in protest against rapid commercialisation in 2009. Photo: SCMP Pictures Monks pull down a wall built by a developer in front of Famen Temple, in protest against rapid commercialisation in 2009. Photo: SCMP Pictures
Monks pull down a wall built by a developer in front of Famen Temple, in protest against rapid commercialisation in 2009. Photo: SCMP Pictures
Patrick Boehler
Opinion

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Patrick Boehler

Fake monks and debt thwart grand plans for ancient Buddhist temple in China

Monks pull down a wall built by a developer in front of Famen Temple, in protest against rapid commercialisation in 2009. Photo: SCMP Pictures Monks pull down a wall built by a developer in front of Famen Temple, in protest against rapid commercialisation in 2009. Photo: SCMP Pictures
Monks pull down a wall built by a developer in front of Famen Temple, in protest against rapid commercialisation in 2009. Photo: SCMP Pictures
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Patrick Boehler

Patrick Boehler

Patrick Boehler has published on China and Southeast Asia in four languages for publications in the US, Europe and Asia. After stints with Austria's ministries of defence and foreign affairs in Vienna and Beijing, he began his reporting career in Kuala Lumpur with the Malaysian online news portal Malaysiakini and, later, The Irrawaddy Magazine, a Myanmar exile publication in Thailand. He holds a doctorate in political science and has taught journalism at the University of Hong Kong. Follow him on Twitter: @mrbaopanrui