Posted by Andrew on 17 December 2007, 1:19 pm
Patong beach will be the venue of a boxing day memorial ceremony to mark the third anniversary of the devastating tsunami which killed thousands on Phuket Island.
Set to start at exactly 10.50am, the time when the first wave hit, the ceremony will involve the lighting of 100,000 candles set out the beach over a three kilometre stretch.
A total of 108 monks will perform blessing rights at Loma Park near the beachfront of Patong, which was the worst affected of all the beaches in Phuket, suffering the largest loss of life.
The event is organised by the Phuket Provincial Administration organisation, and all members of the public are freely invited to attend. A similar event will also take place at Chong Fa beach, Takuapa, which is north of Phuket closer to Khao Lak which suffered the most. It will be officiated by HRH Princess Ubol Ratana Rajakanya, daughter of the present king, who lost her son in the tragedy.
Three years after Patong was devastated by the great Tsunami, this busy centre has completely recovered and business is thriving. A new promenade was constructed, and an extensive tsunami warning system has been installed and tested.