Kamala tsunami memorial unveiled

KAMALA, PHUKET: Caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Suwat Liptapanlop this morning officially unveiled the tsunami memorial in Kamala.

Kamala was one of the two towns in Phuket worst hit by the December 26, 2004, tsunami, the other being Patong.

The memorial, which forms the centerpiece of a new park in the town, is a 10-meter-high metal sculpture called Jitt Jakawan (Heart of the Universe), designed and built by Thai sculptor Udon Jiraksa.

In a speech to mark the occasion, CDPM Suwat said, “This tsunami memorial will become an icon for the Andaman Sea region, and is certain to become a tourism attraction in the near future.

“We need to establish more cultural sites to promote tourism. The Cabinet has already approved a budget of about 600 million baht to build the biggest tsunami memorial in the area [in Khao Lak]. That will be completed in two years,” he said.

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