The army will press ahead with a plan to build the 120 million THB second phase of the Rajabhakti Park project after an anti-graft body cleared the project of corruption allegations almost a year after the military-backed project came under fire for alleged wrongdoing.
Outgoing army chief General Teerachai Nakwanich, has lead senior army officers to pay homage to the statues of the seven former Thai kings at Rajabhakti Park in Prachuap Khiri Khan’s Hua Hin district. The park has marked its first anniversary. The second phase includes construction of a museum celebrating the life and works of the seven former kings whose giant statues tower over the Park. The seven kings are King Ramkhamhaeng of the Sukhothai period, King Naresuan and King Narai of the Ayutthaya period, King Taksin of the Thonburi period, and King Rama I, King Mongkut and King Chulalongkorn of the Rattanakosin period. The museum will be built on a 2,200 square metre area around the base of the statues of the former Thai kings. It will include an exhibition hall. Construction will begin early next year and is expected to be complete later next year.
The Rajabhakti Park Management Committee has commissioned arts lecturers and other experts from Chulalongkorn University to prepare a report detailing the reigns and deeds of the seven kings. The report is expected to be finished by the end of 2016. The Rajabhakti Park Committee has also invited experts from the Fine Arts Department, architecture lecturers at Chulalongkorn University and researchers to select the designer and constructor of the exhibition hall. The design is to be completed in about one year from the budget of 120 million THB. The exhibition hall is to feature the works and histories of the seven former kings. General Teerachai said that over the past year a large pond and two large fountains, along with a solar power system, had been installed at the park.