Making merit in Pattaya

Chumphonket Udomsak Monument, Pattaya - Thailand

At one of the top's of Phra Tamnak Hill between Pattaya and Jomtien is "Chumphonket Udomsak Monument". Most tourists visit this place for the stunning view over the bay of Pattaya, but most local Thai come there to make merit and respect Admiral Prince Krommaluang Chumphon Khet Udomsak who is considered to ba the Father of the Thai Navy.

The monument is also a shrine and after making merit it is a custom to make loud noise (to scare the ghost away?). In the old days that was done by firing your gun .... but since about 10 years there is a sign "Forbidden to fire your gun" (there are people living nearby and bullets have to go somewhere). So people started to use fire-crackers (you can buy them nearby). That makes a lot of noise and the all area would look red from the red paper of the fire-crackers. So there has been build a fire-cracker disposal tower to reduce the noise for the people nearby and to reduce the pollution of the area of the shrine. It seems to work a bit.



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