Pier pressure: Pattaya’s iconic sign vandalised, community shocked

Photo courtesy of Pattaya Mail

In a shocking act of vandalism, Pattaya City’s cherished landmark, the PATTAYA CITY sign at Bali Hai Pier, has been defaced, leaving the community reeling.

The iconic sign, once a proud emblem of Pattaya’s vibrant identity, now stands marred by thoughtless spray paint, a glaring symbol of disrespect. This landmark, adored by locals and tourists alike, represents more than just a name; it embodies the spirit and allure of Pattaya.

Mayor Poramet Ngampichet vowed to bring the vandals to justice and his commitment to pursuing legal action is commendable. However, this resolve must translate into swift and effective measures.

Installing surveillance cameras is a positive step but every effort must be made to identify and prosecute those responsible for this egregious act, reported Pattaya Mail.

The community is not just demanding the restoration of the sign, they’re calling for the restoration of their pride. The swift repair of this landmark is vital, not merely for aesthetic reasons, but as a reaffirmation of Pattaya’s heritage and communal spirit.

In related news, graffiti vandalism on the Chon Buri bridge sparked outrage among locals, leading to calls for swift action by authorities.

Social media was abuzz with criticism after images of spray-painted railings on the bridge surfaced online. The Chon Buri bridge, a landmark of the city, was defaced with large, blue spray-painted words, including crude language that has not only marred the bridge’s appearance but also offended passersby.

In other news, initiated with grand aspirations back in November 2017, the Bali Hai Pier project was supposed to breathe new life into Pattaya’s tourism scene.

With a whopping budget of 95 million baht approved by the city council, hopes were sky-high. Plans boasted extensive renovations and lush landscaping, including the show-stopping Dancing Fountain Plaza destined to dazzle tourists.

Fast forward to today, and the reality is grim. The once-promising project has crumbled faster than a sandcastle at high tide.

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Puntid Tantivangphaisal

Originally from Hong Kong, Puntid moved to Bangkok in 2020 to pursue further studies in translation. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Hong Kong. Puntid spent 8 years living in Manchester, UK. Before joining The Thaiger, Puntid has been a freelance translator for 2 years. In her free time, she enjoys swimming and listening to music, as well as writing short fiction and poetry.

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