Two promotional models face charges and the wrath of the public for their silly dance video shot at Wat chaiwatthanaram, one of Ayutthaya’s major temples and tourist attractions.
Thannicha Nampanya, 28, and Nithikarn Chotethanapong, 30 were summoned by Ayutthaya police Saturday for the dance video which recently went viral on social media.
The footage was condemned for being totally inappropriate.
In the video, the pretties are wearing skimpy red dresses while they perform a silly little dance with the ruins of the old temple as the background. The ruins are considered to be one of the country’s national treasures and sacred to Thais.
“We didn’t know better,” They said in a press conference Saturday. “We just thought it’d be fun and did not consider the image of Thailand. We apologize, and we were such a bad example.”
Thannicha and Nithikarn were led by police to perform a traditional ceremony to ask for forgivness at the temple before being interrogated.
The pretties said the video was done for a laugh and was shot on June 12. They don’t know how it was released to the public.
One souvenir merchant outside the temple who witnessed the incident said the two pretties were accompanied by a male photographer, they posed suggestively at different spots and ended the shoot with a dance, Manager reported.
Police charged the pair with an “unpleasant act which causes the depreciation in value to the ancient monument”. Both could face up to one-month in jail and a fine of THB10,000, Khaosod reported.