Spanish design is chosen for tsunami memorial

19th May 2006, Comments 0 comments

19 May 2006, MADRID — A Spanish design has been chosen for a tsunami memorial to be built in Thailand.

19 May 2006

MADRID — A Spanish design has been chosen for a tsunami memorial to be built in Thailand.

The design, which is entitled Mountain of Remembrance, and beat out four other bids from Finland, China, Australia and the United States.

The BBC reported the memorial will include five 30-metre high towers, inspired by Buddhist pagodas, a museum, an educational centre, a gift shop and a restaurant.

It will be built in a national park in Khao Lak within the next two years.

Experts estimate the memorial to cost around EUR 10.2 million to build.

"It is a world-class design which we believe is a memorial to humanity's capacity for co-operation," Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister Suwat Liptapanlop told a news conference.

One of the designers explained that much of the inspiration for the design came from meeting the families of tsunami victims.

In the middle of the memorial towers will be a "life tree" which the designers say will represent the tsunami victims.

In Thailand alone, the tsunami claimed the lives of 5,395 people, with an additional 2,817 still missing and presumed dead.

Liptapanlop said that he hoped this memorial would become a place that serves all those who lost their loved ones in the disaster.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

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