Monday, 7 May 2012

Phuket Gateway

Phuket Gateway was pointed out by me when I returned for a couple of days away from home with my family.

So what is Phuket Gateway?

"On the occasion of King Bhumibol’s 80th Birthday Anniversary in 2007, the Phuket Gateway was established on 10 acres of land in Thalang District to be the first stop to welcome tourists who arrive on the Island by crossing Thao Thep Krasattri Bridge. Its outstanding feature is the alignment of 29 sculptural pillars. The number of pillars comes from the auspicious numbers 2 and 9, which respectively represent the two heroines in the war with Burma in 1785, Thao Thep Krasattri and Thao Sri Sunthon and the 9th king of the Chakkri Dynasty, King Bhumibol Adulyadej."

Text above from Thaiways

it was supposed to be a welcoming gesture to the many thousands of road visitors to Phuket BUT it never did quite work.

Here are some articles regarding it's status
Jamie's - 2009
Phuket Wan - 2012
4-arch - 2010
Phuket Index - 2010

what I found strange was the lack of new references, do i need to change my search engine?

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