The tableau will be mounted atop a mound in the centre of the park at Khok Chana Pama (Victory over the Burmese Hill) near Baan Riang in Thepkrassattri. The 96-rai park around the mound will have displays allowing visitors to learn more about the famous battle and Phuket’s past.
Koraticha Wattanapan ,secretary of the Thao Thepkrasatri – Thao Srisoonthorn Foundation, told The Phuket News that the other real-life figures represented in the tableau are Phraya Thongpoon Na Thalang, Prang, Jui, Phraya Tian Prateep Na Thalang, Thongpeang, Neam and Thong, all in suitably warlike poses.
Work on the park, which is budgeted at B350 million, is scheduled for completion on January 23 next year, apart from the centrepiece.
This will arrive on the same day on a low-loader from Ang Thong, north of Bangkok, where it was cast, and will be put on public display at Saphan Hin for two months before finally being installed at the park at the end of March.
The project has received funding from the Phuket Provincial Administration Organisation (OrBorJor), The Thepkrassattri tambon administration (OrBorTor), Thepkrassattri Municipality and the Phuket Provincial Operations Centre.