Work to start on new memorial
PHUKET: Work will begin soon on construction of a new Phuket Historical Memorial at the Victory Field near Baan Riang, where the annual re-enactment of the 1785 victory of Phuket forces over an invading Burmese army takes place.
Tuesday 10 July 2012, 04:37PM
Yesterday (July 9) a committee bringing together Vice-Governor Dr Sommai Preechasin, OrBorJor President Paiboon Upatising, Wongsakorn Nunchukan of the Provincial Planning and Public Works Office and other relevant officials discussed ways to push forward the plan, last discussed four months ago.
The memorial – a group of statues depicting Phuket’s Heroines with soldiers and local people – will be the first part of a project to create a historical park on the site. The funding for the statues is already there – a budget of B26 million was approved last year.
Mr Wongsakorn was assigned to establish the working group for this project. He said he could begin in August, adding that landscape plans for the surrounding park are currently being revised.
Mr Paiboon said that Phuket should also have a public archive on the site, to house the annals of the island.
The current Heroines Monument roundabout in Thalang will remain.