The Government of Thailand will soon build a memorial to commemorate the devastating December 2004 Tsunami that claimed thousands of lives across South and Southeast Asia.
Today, at a launch event, press conference and exhibition, held at the United Nations Conference Center, Bangkok, Thailand, the Thai Government announced the Tsunami Memorial Design Competition, open to all architects and designers, artists and laypersons to design and submit concepts for a memorial that will be built to commemorate the victims, both Thai and foreign, of the devastating December 26 Tsunami that struck the six southern provinces of Thailand along the Andaman coast along with their islands.
Presiding over the auspicious event was Deputy Prime Minister Suwat Liptapanlop.
Some 5,395 Thai and foreign nationals lost their lives, 8,457 people were injured and 2,817 are still missing, while the total amount of damage due to the December 26 Tsunami to the economy, society, geological settings, ecological systems and coastline landscape is still difficult to assess.
The Government of Thailand has launched the Tsunami Memorial International Design Competition with the goal of gathering and developing ideas and concepts with the objective of building an appropriate and interactive Memorial.
The Thai Government has selected a site in Khao Lak Lamru National Park in Phangnga, the hardest hit province in Thailand, to build the Tsunami Memorial as a permanent tribute to those who lost their lives.
According to Deputy Prime Minister Suwat Liptapanlop, the Thai Government felt it was important to establish some form of cooperative effort between Thais and foreigners to remember the tremendous losses attributed to the Tsunami.
At the same time, the proposed memorial is to honor all those across the globe who provided assistance and relief to Tsunami-affected persons immediately after the Tsunami hit and in the hours, days and weeks that followed, announced Deputy Prime Minister Suwat.