B700m park to honour Thai kings in Hua Hin

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Post by centermid7 » Tue Aug 04, 2015 11:16 am

I took a peek as I was going by on the motorcycle a couple of days ago just from the roadway. Two of the statues were in place at that time. I had expected them to really "stand out" but not so much IMO as they kinda blend in with the trees on the low hills in the background.

Not the visual pop I had expected.

We'll see how it goes. There will be more erections and maybe a big pop at the end.

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Re: B700m park to honour Thai kings in Hua Hin

Post by buksida » Thu Aug 06, 2015 3:20 pm

Installations of king statutes in progress before official opening August 19

As the August 19 official opening of the Ratchaphakdi museum park in Hua Hin where the seven giant 30-ton each bronze statutes of the Thai kings from the Sukhothai to Rattanakosin periods are to be installed is imminent, the Royal Thai Army personnel and civilian craftsmen are working around the clock to install the statutes on the foundation bases.

The opening of the park to be highlighted by the sacred worship ceremony for the Thai great kings in history will be chaired by Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha.

So far four bronze statutes of the kings were installed on bases at the park which is inside the Army Non Commissioned Officers School in Hua Hin.They are King Ramkhamhaeng, King Naresuan, King Narai, and King Taksin.

Today King Rama V statute will be installed on the base .

Yesterday the Army performed a rite to install the statue of fabled King Taksin on the foundation while the bronze statue of King Rama V from Bang Bon molding factory in Bangkok arrived at the site last night. The ceremony lasted 18 minutes.

The statutes of King Rama I and King Rama IV are now being decorated and will be transported this week to Hua Hin, ready before the opening ceremony on August 19.

http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/instal ... -august-19
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Post by STEVE G » Thu Aug 06, 2015 5:04 pm

As the August 19 official opening of the Ratchaphakdi museum park in Hua Hin where the seven giant 30-ton each bronze statutes of the Thai kings from the Sukhothai to Rattanakosin periods are to be installed is imminent....
They only announced this park on May 13th so three months to build it is quite impressive. I suppose they must have planned it before then as I struggle to see how you could get those huge statues carved, molded and cast in such a short time.

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Post by dalmatiandave » Thu Aug 06, 2015 7:01 pm

Left home today at 9.15am on way to Bangkok. Passed one of the statues around 9.40am heading towards Hua Hin.

Certainly was a wide load, my girlfriend was impressed I knew exactly what it was. Quite a convoy of police vehicles.

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Re: B700m park to honour Thai kings in Hua Hin

Post by HHTel » Fri Aug 07, 2015 12:23 am

Why oh why do they transport such things in the daytime. The nights are long and traffic sparse.

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Post by Big Boy » Fri Aug 07, 2015 3:46 pm

Quite out of the blue, Mrs BB told me that I was taking her down to look at the datoo this afternoon. I eventually worked it out that she wanted to visit the park to see how the statues were progressing.

So off we went in the pouring rain :cry: to look at the statues. I must admit, I had concerns whether I would be able to get in - I was unlikely to meet a high ranking officer on the way.

I drove down to Suan Son U-Turn and doubled back a few yards rather drive across the yellow lines outside what i perceived to be the entrance.

As we approached, there were a few military police lined up. I turned in and put my window down expecting Mrs BB having to blag her way in. They all saluted (obviously knew who I was :D ), and I just drove in unhindered.

The grassland we passed looked brilliant, just like a real UK park - I thought the Hua Hin City groundsman could take a lesson.

We then drove onto a massive hardstand with just as big floodlights (each about 4 times larger than Hua Hin City are installing). Over to the right, a huge area was set aside for car parking, and there must have been a few hundred cars there. The was some Army Big Wig ceremony going on, so access was limited.

I took my mandatory photos and we left. The statues were very impressive though (apologies for the poor quality, but it was raining).
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Re: B700m park to honour Thai kings in Hua Hin

Post by PeteC » Fri Oct 20, 2017 7:32 am

Army backs B16m toilet, shop spend

https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/genera ... shop-spend

"Army chief Chalermchai Sitthisad on Thursday defended a decision to spend 15.9 million baht on building shops and public toilets at Rajabhakti Park in Pra­chuap Khiri Khan.

Responding to recent criticism of the project that has flared up on social media, he said the military is ready to disclose full details to the public to counter claims of massive overspending. The park is located in Hua Hin.".....
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Re: B700m park to honour Thai kings in Hua Hin

Post by Big Boy » Fri Oct 20, 2017 7:58 am

............. but they've already got toilets :?
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Re: B700m park to honour Thai kings in Hua Hin

Post by oakdale160 » Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:49 am

On my one visit I was amused-- a bus load of Chinese tourists came, got out of the bus, took photos with themselves in the foreground then back on the bus and away in less than 15 mins. Although to be fair I have seen European tourist "do" Medieval Cathedrals in about the same time.

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Re: B700m park to honour Thai kings in Hua Hin

Post by Big Boy » Fri Oct 20, 2017 9:02 am

I'm fascinated by that statement oakdale. What do you find to do there that takes longer than 15 minutes?
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Re: B700m park to honour Thai kings in Hua Hin

Post by oakdale160 » Fri Oct 20, 2017 9:33 am

you are correct BB, I only stayed for 16 mins--it was just the earnest--Been there, done that, got the photos --that I found amusing.

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Re: B700m park to honour Thai kings in Hua Hin

Post by Big Boy » Fri Oct 20, 2017 9:58 am

I always call in as I pass with visitors - it's always a very quick stop. They always say the statues are amazing, but once you've seen them, you've seen them. Your statement had me thinking I'd been rushing them, and missing something really amazing.
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Re: B700m park to honour Thai kings in Hua Hin

Post by Nereus » Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:18 am

Big Boy wrote:As we approached, there were a few military police lined up. I turned in and put my window down expecting Mrs BB having to blag her way in. They all saluted (obviously knew who I was ), and I just drove in unhindered.
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I think the article is more about spending more money on it, rather than the toilets and shops per se.

Surprised they haven't started charging Farangs an entrance fee!
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Post by Big Boy » Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:24 am

There is a big sign saying Farangs have to report to somebody before entering, but I've never bothered.
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Re: B700m park to honour Thai kings in Hua Hin

Post by StevePIraq » Fri Oct 20, 2017 2:27 pm

Big Boy wrote:
Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:24 am
There is a big sign saying Farangs have to report to somebody before entering, but I've never bothered.
Just shows that foreigners are not welcome
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