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Saman Kunan’s bronze statue arrives in Chiang Rai

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The bronze statue made in commemoration of Lieutenant-Commander Saman Kunan, aka. Ja Sam, a former Navy SEAL member who died in the dramatic rescue operation at Tham Luang caves, has arrived at Wat Rongkhun. The wat is a famous temple of the Chiang Rai province. The statue arrived on a truck from a foundry in Ayutthaya province where it was prepared.

The statue is about 3.2 metres tall standing on a 2.5 metre base surrounded by 13 wild boars to symbolise the 12 boys and their football coach at the heart of the rescue drama, The arrival of the bronze statue excited several thousand tourists visiting the temple today.

National artist Chalermchai Kositpipat who designed the temple and the statue and Mr Saravuth Kammoonchai, the famous sculptor who sculpted the statue model, were on hand to receive the statue.

Tourists were allowed to take pictures with the statue for about an hour before it was moved to a workshop to be taken in a procession to the memorial pavilion in front of Tham Luang Khun Nam Nang Non.

Chalermchai said that the statue was built at Asia Fine Art foundry in Ayutthaya whose owner, Mr Thawan Muangchang, agreed to absorb the production cost estimated at 4-5 million baht.

Earlier this week, a huge painting depicting the Thai and foreign heroes who were involved in the rescue operation, especially the SEAL team and the foreign cave divers, and the 13 team members, was moved to the memorial pavilion.

Story about the memorial canvas HERE.

Chalermchai said he would like to thank all who made it possible for the realisation of the memorial project to commemorate the courage and sacrifice of all those who were involved in the search and rescue operations.

The boys and their coach were trapped deep inside the flooded cave for about two weeks before they were safely rescued in one of the most complicated rescue missions ever mounted by Thai and international rescue teams.

ORIGINAL STORY: Thai PBS



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Chiang Rai Tourist Police hunting another foreign graffiti sprayer – VIDEO

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PHOTOS/VIDEO: Chiang Rai Tourist Police

The Chiang Rai Tourist Police are hunting for a foreign man who was caught on CCTV footage spraying on a wall near the old bus terminal in Chiang Rai.

The northern Tourist Police office yesterday were trying to find the man who is clearly identified on CCTV footage spraying the wall of a restaurant.

Anyone who see this foreign man is asked to call the Chiang Rai Tourist Police on 053 152 547.

A Russian woman, who was caught red-handed spray painting a road in Rawai last month, was caught and fined for her midemeanour. She claimed she was looking for her lost boyfriend.

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Burmese man arrested with 300 kilogram of ‘ice’ in Chiang Rai

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A Burmese man from the Shan State has been arrested after troops intercepted his pickup and found a large shipment of 300 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine last night.

The Pha Muang Taskforce had officers set up a checkpoint on the bypass near Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai district between the Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge and Ban Nam Jam village in Tambon Pong Pha.

Troops say they saw a pickup slow down and make a U-turn before it reached the checkpoint so they chased after it until the driver lost control and drove off the road.

Police report that the driver managed to flee into the roadside forest but his passenger, Sam, also Shan, was arrested. Authorities later learned that the fleeing driver was identified as 34 year old Nattapol Thongkham.

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SOURCE: The Nation

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Thailand has a special support team in the stands today – Asian Cup opener against India

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by Debayan Sen in Abu Dhabi for ESPN

Ahead of their Asian Cup opening game against India today, Thailand will have four champion footballers supporting them from the stands. Well, champions in their Chiang Rai district games anyway.

The Mu Pa (Wild Boar) football team, whose rescue from the Tham Luang caves last year captured the imagination of the world, will be at the Al Nahyan Stadium supporting their country, as special guests of the Asian Football Confederation.

Yesterday, three of them were taken on a guided tour of the stadium and spoke to the media while being shown around. Coach Eakapol spoke for his boys, describing the trip as a unique opportunity to cheer for their team.

“It’s their goal and dream to be professional footballers one day,” he said.

Titan, the shortest of the boys, is a forward and a huge Lionel Messi fan. His coach likes Messi too, as does midfielder Tee. Adul, who likes to play on the right wing, is the only one to idolise Cristiano Ronaldo. Not surprisingly, he’s also the only Juventus fan among Barcelona buffs.

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Read the rest of the story from ESPN HERE.

And follow the Asian Cup games HERE.

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