31 Jul '15, 11pm

The Royal Thai Army's new pantheon of Kings of Siam

Giant bronze statues of seven of the country's past kings have in recent days held up traffic on the southbound highway to Hua Hin, as they have been trundled slowly on big trucks to a park in the city on the Gulf of Thailand. The site of the pantheon of kings is built by the army on land allocated by King Bhumibol Adulyadej. "It is an army initiative," Major- General Weerachon Sukonthapaitipak, deputy government spokesman, told The Straits Times. General Udomdej Sitabutr, army commander-in-chief, visited the site yesterday morning to ensure the statues will be raised as planned by Aug 8. One statue was slightly damaged while being transported from Lopburi province. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will open the display on Aug 19, and next month, Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn will preside at an elaborate inaugural ceremony. EXTRA SPECIAL MOVE In the past, there have alw...

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