Connect with us

Phuket

Feng shui concerns over Phuket tunnel project

Legacy Phuket Gazette

Published

 on 

PHUKET: The proposed traffic tunnel beneath Patong Hill is drawing opposition from some unexpected quarters, as some elderly ethnic-Chinese residents of the island believe the project could ruin Phuket’s feng shui and bring economic ruin.

According to a Chinese legend, Phuket is a golden sea dragon emerging from the Indian Ocean. Tradition holds that this dragon, Hai Leng Ong, is duty-bound to protect Phuket and its visitors, sustaining life and prosperity in business.

The dragon’s supposed snout is Laem Phromthep, while its heart is in the vicinity of Phuket Town. The Nakkerd Range of hills running up the island’s southwest coast makes up part of the dragon’s long, curving abdomen that ends in a tail that curls back up over its torso.

So important to Phuket’s history is Hai Leng Ong that a large monument of the dragon is a feature attraction at Queen Sirikit Park in Phuket Town.

An explanation of the importance of the dragon also fills the first page of a tourist booklet distributed by Phuket City Municipality.

The importance of the sea dragon legend varies from person to person, but there is concern in some quarters that a proposed tunnel beneath Patong Hill connecting Kathu and Patong could ‘slay the dragon’.

The proposed tunnel is now the subject of a 40-million-baht study by a Bangkok-based team, which has already made its recommendation on the best possible route.

Supporters of the project say the tunnel would decrease traffic accidents on the treacherous Phra Barami Road, while opponents in the Ban Mon community say they would have to sell off their land under eminent domain law. They also claim the elevated roadway would pass over the National Memorial of His Majesty The King’s Footprint, which commemorates HM The King’s visit in 1959.

Now adding to the dissent are some members of the ethnic Chinese community.

Banjong ‘Ko Jong’ Damklam, 67-year-old manager of the San Chao Phor Suea (Tiger God Chinese Shrine) at the road pass over Patong Hill, said some people continue to maintain an active belief in the legend of Hai Leng Ong – and fear that the proposed tunnel route would go through the dragon’s stomach, killing it.

They also fear that if another tsunami happens seawater could pass through the tunnel and inundate Phuket Town,” he said.

Mr Banjong said any tunnel work should only proceed after the spirits have been appeased.

If the people insist on the project, I suggest that before construction begins all persons involved in the construction should come to the shrine on Patong Hill to perform a ritual ceremony asking for forgiveness. This should make everything run smoothly,” he said.

Even if a tunnel does eventually become the favored route between Patong and Kathu, Mr Banjong is not unduly concerned about the number of visitors coming to the shrine, which relies on donations.

I think the tunnel will not affect number of people coming to the shrine. Its location is at the highest point [in the hill pass] and people who worship at this sacred place will not stop coming here,” he said.

Famous fortune-teller, feng shui doctor and radio personality Ajarn Prasith Jantharasuth said, I have heard many times that people say the tunnel will kill the dragon and break the feng shui of Phuket, but I disagree. I think they should study the science of feng shui and the shape of the dragon in detail first before weighing in on this topic,” he said.

Ajarn Prasith said that some believe it is the dragon’s heart, not the stomach, that lies inside Patong Hill.

I think the tunnel could go under its heart, but I have to study in detail to know exactly where the heart lies and which is the best route for the tunnel to avoid it. I can guarantee there won’t be any problems if the tunnel doesn’t pass through the dragon’s heart,” he said.

— P. Choksakulpan & S. Fein

 

Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram

image

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Phuket2 hours ago

Phuket man finds 30 million baht surprise on beach: “whale poop”

Malaysia3 hours ago

Transgender who fled to Thailand faces extradition to Malaysia

Coronavirus (Covid-19)4 hours ago

Saturday Covid-19 Update: 11,975 infections, 127 deaths

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Thailand20 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Nov 1 reopening proposed; arrest for “sexy” officer cosplay | September 24

Coronavirus (Covid-19)21 hours ago

Covid-19 UPDATE: Provincial totals, vaccinations and more

Coronavirus (Covid-19)24 hours ago

Contrary to Anutin, US says delivery of vaccines awaits Thailand

image
Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand1 day ago

Sunsets, ‘Farangs’ and Boring Charisma | Thaiger Bites | Ep. 25

Thailand1 day ago

CCSA approves reopening delay, state of emergency extension

Thailand1 day ago

Video of feet on bread appears to be from India, not Thailand

Thailand1 day ago

Thailand Top Stories | Thailand’s security council approves Emergency Decree extension | Sep 24

Coronavirus (Covid-19)1 day ago

Phuket Covid-19: 3 new deaths, 322 released from medical care

Malaysia1 day ago

Malaysia considers further re-opening to domestic tourism

Thailand1 day ago

Thailand Re-opening, Costs and challenges | Good Morning Thailand | Ep. 96

Weather1 day ago

Weather warning issued as tropical storm Dianmu approaches

Coronavirus (Covid-19)1 day ago

Education ministry to accelerate vaccination of over 200,000 teachers

Tourism3 days ago

Travel data to Thailand for 106 million people unprotected online

Economy5 days ago

Cuts to import duty on alcohol, cigars, part of plan to entice wealthy foreigners

Crime4 days ago

OnlyFans content creators arrested by Thai police on pornography charges

Thailand4 days ago

Party at luxury villa in Phuket raided, homeowner allegedly assaults police officer

Coronavirus Vaccines5 days ago

Doctors say cardiac arrest caused death of man given AstraZeneca booster shot

Tourism7 days ago

Local businesses say they aren’t profiting from Phuket Sandbox

Coronavirus (Covid-19)6 days ago

Covid-19: Detailed info on vaccinations, hospitalisations, and provinces

Thailand5 days ago

Around 20 people arrested at Koh Samui restaurant for drinking alcohol, gambling, playing pool

Thailand4 days ago

Bangkok re-opening Criteria, Thai Airways keeps Struggling | Good Morning Thailand | Episode 93

Bangkok4 days ago

Governor says Bangkok will only re-open when safe to do so

Phuket2 days ago

Police suddenly began raiding Patong bars selling alcohol

Crime3 days ago

Ex-cop “Joe Ferrari,” other officers charged with violating discipline policy over suspect’s death

Thailand5 days ago

Morning Top Stories | No approved October re-opening, Phuket easing restrictions | September 20

Phuket6 days ago

Phuket domestic travel rules need streamlining, officials discuss

Thailand4 days ago

Government warns that posting pornographic material is illegal following OnlyFans creator being questioned by police

Thailand2 weeks ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism7 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending