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Phuket sea gypsy museum to be given B50mn new lease of life

PHUKET: Officials have confirmed that B50 million is to be spent on renovating the abandoned sea gypsy “museum” and cultural centre on Koh Siray.

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By Premkamon Ketsara

Monday 20 March 2017, 03:30PM


The site of the original museum has slowly turned into a hangout for drug users and has also become a place of choice for a number of the island’s homeless.

“The building which was supposed to be the sea gypsy museum is now ruined. The original project was a waste of money as it was never completed and has never been used,” Rassada Mayor Phudit Raksarat told The Phuket News’ Thai-language sister paper Khao Phuket last week.

“Having now agreed a budget to renovate the site, I can confirm that the new project will been a lot more useful, especially for the sea gypsies themselves,” he said.

“The reason the original building was never used was because it did not match with the sea gypsies’ objectives.

“Furthermore, the original building has got to the state it is in today because the construction materials were not weather durable. The materials used in the construction were never suitable for the project or the area,” he said.

Rassada Municipality poured millions into attempting to keep the structures sound, but the efforts were called into question in 2014, and the upkeep stopped. (See story here.)

“This time around we will use materials that are more durable for the island’s weather conditions,” Mayor Phudit said last week.

“In addition, the latest technology will be used within the museum including videos presenting the sea gypsies’ way of life in four different languages; Thai, English, Chinese and Russian.

“There will also be a fish market where people will be able to buy fresh produce caught straight from the sea by the sea gypsy villagers,” he concluded.

Rassada Chief Administrative Officer (Palad) Daechakanee Leelanon added, “Rassada Municipality has already conducted a study into the new sea gypsies museum at a cost of B450,000 and I can confirm that the existing building will be knocked down and a new one built.

“This new building will be the first part of the project and will cost from B8-10mn and the input of the sea gypsy community will help us with how we decide to design this building.

“Phuket Rajabhat University will also have some input into this,” he said.

“A public hearing for the new museum was held at the end of the 2016 and most of those who attended agreed with our plans.

“Once complete, the new museum will focus on the sea gypsies way of life and their traditions, and will help bring tourism to the area and support the sea gypsy community.

“The museum will also use the latest 4D technology in its displays,” he added.

The site of the museum is on a four-rai plot of land close to the entrance of the Tsunami Village on Koh Siray.

 

 

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skip | 23 March 2017 - 03:04:34

Once again someone with a position of power gets a fleeting idea ( glory hunting ) in to his head that his idea will elevate him in social standing and the oppressed minions ( his staff ) applaud through fear of retribution based on cultural ethics. After work the minions laugh at the manager"s ideas and the public wonder WHY  after the first failure would anyone not see the imminent failure ...

Kurt | 21 March 2017 - 12:03:45

@ Marcher: Yes, I agree with you, I am always surprised why Sois Saiyuann are in that deplorable condition.
It was for me a reason, many years ago, not to buy property there.
During viewing with a agent I couldn't drive my car to the properties in these sois, hahaha.
Bottom plating car was to low.  :-)

Projecting the money spending on traffic lights Rawai/Naiharn ( not in normal operatio...

Bigaresort | 20 March 2017 - 21:53:23

You right,this is absolut nonsens,anyhow let them spend the money on something like this,just make sure it's not your money!
Horst

marcher | 20 March 2017 - 18:25:57

Ben. Sorry you have got it all wrong. Traffic lights are a waste of money the way they use them. At every junction in Saiyuan road on the way to Nai Harn and Rawai traffic lights were installed some years ago. They were never used. The lights at the junction of Viset road and Saiyuan road cause a long back up of traffic waiting to cross a desolate road. When not working the roads are clear. If the...

BenPendejo | 20 March 2017 - 17:42:07

Ahh, the latest proposed waste of 8-10 million baht that could actually be used for something useful.  Sorry, but I predict that this will do nothing more than the last project... that being to line the pockets of a few greedy Thais.  This money should be spent on installing traffic lights and reconfiguring every U-turn death zone.

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