The blessing of the giant statues of seven of the former great kings of Thailand received a large audience estimated at approximately 10,000 people at Ratchapakdi Park in Prachuap Khiri Khan province’s Hua Hin on Wednesday morning. The ceremony, chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, was performed by 108 revered monks from across the country.
It was a beautiful clear morning for the statues of the former seven great kings to shine boldly and charmingly high up on their platforms. The event attracted Foreigners, Thai tourists, locals and celebrities such as Sorapong Chatree and Dome Pakorn Lum. The crowd began to arrive early in the morning at Ratchapakdi Park and peaked around 8.30am to approx 10,000 people.
The giant statues of the seven former great kings were transported to the park and then placed on their platforms between July 27 and Aug 9. After the installation, artists from six casting factories in Nakhon Pathom, Lop Buri, Ayutthaya, Pathum Thani and Bangkok, where the statues were made, decorated the 13.9-metre-tall and six-metre-wide images.
Standing in line at the park are the statues of King Ramkhamhaeng of the Sukhothai period, King Naresuan and King Narai of the Ayutthaya period, King Taksin of the Thon Buri period and King Buddha Yodfa Chulalok, King Mongkut and King Chulalongkorn of the Rattanakosin period.