The procession started at the “Khwan Yang Intersection” on Phra Baramee Rd, about halfway over the hill, then descended the steep slope into Patong that has caused dozens of deadly accidents, mostly tour buses and other heavy vehicles suffering from brake failure.
The procession invited He Yeyun, the Chinese god of knowledge, astrology and conqueror, to help bring peace to the notorious hill.
After arriving in front of Suwankhiriwong Temple (Wat Patong), where two tour bus accidents last month killed three people and injured dozens of others, the procession wound its way along Phra Baramee Rd to Rat-U-Thit 200 Pi Rd then ventured forth to Thaweewong Rd (the Patong beach road) and concluded at the Kalim Intersection with its dolphin statue roundabout at the northern end of the beach.
Along the route, spiritual mediums held aloft triangular wood frames to collect a total 311 of spirits – 167 male spirits, 124 female spirits and 20 spirits of children.
“We expect the (number and severity of the) accidents will surely decrease,” one rescue worker told The Phuket News.