Members of the rescued “Wild Boars” football team bow their heads on July 14 2018 in the Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital in honour of the former Navy SEAL diver Saman Kunan who died during an heroic rescue mission to save them.
The 12 boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach went missing on June 23 while exploring the cave complex and were rescued more than two weeks later during a perilous three-day mission by foreign and Thai divers that gripped audiences around the world.
Work on the museum began after a traditional Buddhist ceremony on Wednesday at the Tham Luang cave, in which authorities asked for the blessing of local spirits.
The museum, which is expected to take about five months and 10 million baht (about R4m) to build, is being funded by a Thai artist, Chalermchai Kositpipat, a Chiang Rai native.
“This place will be very beneficial for our country, as it will commemorate the multinational co-operation and the hero who sacrificed his life. Tourists from around the world will visit this place,” Chalermchai said.
Thai diver Samarn Kunan died after he lost consciousness during a mission to place oxygen tanks deep inside the cave.
A 4m statue of Samarn, currently being sculpted, will be placed in front of the museum.
The museum will also house a 13m-long painting, which features rescuers, including the British divers who first found the boys.
Eleven of the boys have been spending time as Buddhist novices to honour Samarn. On Saturday, they will leave the temple to return to normal life.
Source : timeslive
Image : Handout / Ministry of Health / Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital / AFP