The Interior Minister has presided over a ceremony to lay a foundation stone for construction of a new pavilion in Khao Tao Reservior. This is where a new statue of His Majesty the King Bhumibhol will be housed.
The new pavilion, built to celebrate the King’s 90th birthday anniversary on 5th December 2017, will be completed in September 2016. In September General. Anuphong Phaochinda, the Minister of the Interior for Thailand, travelled to Khao Tao Reservoir in Prachuap Khirikhan for the ceremony. This marks the start of the construction project of the pavilion which will house His Majesty the King’s statue. The Provincial Office of Prachuab Khirikhan will be responsible for making the statue, which will be complete by September 2016.
The Department of Public Work and Town and Country Planning will design and construct the pavilion, which will be larger than the original Sam Roi Yod National Park and display the royal seal of His Majesty. Among the participants of the ceremony were the Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Office of Royal Affairs Mr. Dissathorn Wajarothai, the Director General of the Department of Public Work and Town and Country Planning Mr. Monthon Sudprasert, the Governor of Prachuap Khirikhan Mr. Weera Sriwattanatrakul, the Hua Hin District Chief Mr. Sutthiphong Klaiu-dom, Mr. Phichet Panaphong from the Department of Public Work and Town and Country Planning’s office in Prachuab Khirikhan and the Hua Hin Mayor Mr. Nopporn Wutthikul.
According to the Interior Minister, the site was chosen because the Khao Tao Reservoir was the first royal initiative on water management by His Majesty the King. The pavilion will be a replica of Khuha Kharuehas Royal Pavilion in Sam Roi Yod National Park. It will house a statue of His Majesty the King which will be clearly visible so that visitors can pay him respect and express gratitude for his contribution to the well-being of Thai people.