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If the authorities are going to 'waste' 26 million baht on 9 statues, would it not be more apt to caste statues that celebrate each of the 9 other ASEAN member states, rather than reviving differences between nations?
Posted by Simon Luttrell on January 30, 2014 09:23
@Simon, you and I have been here long enough to know Thailand, as a general rule, does not consider the "feels" of others, beyond its own border...mm, actually, sometimes even within its own border. These statues, in my opinion, are only so someone can have another photo op, in a few weeks they will be mostly forgotten, just like the existing ones, scattered around the island. This is my opinion, I will not debate the issue.
Posted by Laurie Howells on January 30, 2014 10:42
On the other hand, the statues are likely to be visited by vast numbers of Thai tourists - the people who live here, and have a culture and a history they deservedly celebrate.
In 2009, a 6-foot high bronze statue of Dickie Bird (sculpted by Graham Ibbeson cost ??70,000)
Posted by gee on January 30, 2014 13:56
And that was much larger than life.
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