Monuments and Statues

Phuket, Thailand

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Monuments and Statues are usually depictions of famous historical figures or religious deities, it is considered a great honour to be represented by one of these images. Traditionally a statue or monument is erected in either a holy place such as a temple or a shrine, when it is honoring a religious figure such as Buddha, or in a place of significance relevant to the regions history such as the Two Heroines Monument in the instance of Thalang. While Phuket does have quite a few religious monuments, most depicting Buddha or other gods relevant to the temple or shrine they are erected in, there are a few that stand out amongst the rest and are well worth the visit to. The Buddha is probably Phuket's most infamous monument towering over the city of Chalong, perched some 400 meters above sea level. Another notable monument in Phuket which is worth a visit to is the afore mentioned Two Heroines Monument located on the cross roads of Si Sunthon Road and Thepkrasattri Road. The monument is to honor the two sisters who raised an army and fought off the Burmese invasion of Thalang during one of the battles of the Burmese-Siamese War. Additionally you can find more monuments and statues from the Burmese-Siamese War in Thalang park, including another statue of the two sisters as well as bronze statues of the military strategist Phraya Thalang Tongpoon, one of the sister’s daughters named Mae Prang, Phraya Yokrabut Jui and Phraya Thalang Thian who were both sons of one of the sisters, and another one of a civilian who commanded the batteries of cannon fire against the invading Burmese at the fort in 1785.

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