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    New Phuket Souvenir Centre Will Handle 2000 Tourists a Day

    New Phuket Souvenir Centre Will Park 63 Buses, Handle 2000 Tourists a Day


    PHUKET: A big new souvenir sales centre in southern Phuket should be open by November to service bus tour groups from China, Korea, Russia and other countries.

    The palatial Thai-style souvenir centre, which is Thai-owned and aimed at tourists on bus tours, has parking for 63 buses.

    It's an indication of the explosion in development as Phuket enters the mass-tourism market, despite the desires of many in the industry to target high-end tourism.

    ''We expect to handle 2000 tourists a day,'' said a spokesperson for the souvenir centre's owners, Royal Paragon Phuket.

    He did not reveal the cost of the project but said the area of the elegantly styled building was 9924 square metres.

    Construction is well underway on a road off Chaofa Road West, leading to the Luang Pu Supa temple in Chalong.

    Several other outlets with tour groups in mind have already sprung up along the road.

    Phuket's Big Buddha, the Chalong temple and the Phunaka Public Golf Course are all close to the newly created souvenir centre.

    There will be no restaurant attached, but a snack shop will be an attraction.

    Construction began in February 2011 in yet another sign of the rapid growth of Phuket's mass tourism market.

    By contrast, more building continues at the nearby temple grounds, where the dome that will be the final resting place of Phuket's much-admired monk, Luang Pu Supa, is under construction.

    The 116th birthday of the revered teacher and builder was marked earlier this week.

    A museum celebrating his life's work of erecting temples around Thailand, including three temples on Phuket, is to be opened soon.

    Work also continues on a white temple sala that contains some of the finest decorations yet seen on Phuket, crafted by Thailand's best wood carvers, artisans and painters.


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    Sounds like a living hell, I'd rather pluck my eyes out with a blunt fork than visit this place.

    I'm sure the Korean's will love it though!

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    It's a fckin nightmare tying to drive around here as it is. Gridlocked everywhere and it's low season.Now we have this monstrosity opening on one the major roads.
    Hopefully people are going to get pissed off with sitting on crappy Thai buses for hours in traffic and go elsewhere.

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    My thoughts too, Ritchie. I wonder how many fatal crashes, hit and runs, pedestrian killings etc etc will happen once it opens. That is exactly where my in laws' house is. As strong arm mentioned, it will be packed with Koreans and Chinese. What a nightmare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    Luang Pu Supa
    What happened to the old monk?

    He had a big birthday party last year for his 115th (on 17th September) but nothing reported on Monday for his 116th?

    If he pegged it then they kept that quiet.

    Edit: just saw the footnote in the article above, but there is no news articles like there was last year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Looper View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    Luang Pu Supa
    What happened to the old monk?

    He had a big birthday party last year for his 115th (on 17th September) but nothing reported on Monday for his 116th?

    If he pegged it then they kept that quiet.

    Edit: just saw the footnote in the article above, but there is no news articles like there was last year.
    They have just shipped him up to his hometown in Issarn to celebrate his 116 th

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    I can't understand why all these Chinese and Korean tourists flock to these souvenir shops which only sell plastic and trash souvenirs that were made in China and Korea anyway ...

    Simon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon43
    I can't understand why all these Chinese and Korean tourists flock to these souvenir shops which only sell plastic and trash souvenirs that were made in China and Korea anyway
    Cuz they go wherever the wee lady with the flag takes them. In turn she gets a commission for bringing them in.


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    Same in NZ. The Chinks all get around in groups and only buy imported fake goods from China from Chinese owned shops, eat at Chinese or Korean owned restaurants, go to the Chinese owned and run casino, hordes stay at Chinese owned
    "luxury" hotels and eat European breakfasts, glum faced and proper, looking suspiciously at any locals who pass by.

    Almost to the last, the younger men dutifully carry their wives handbags for them, the more vixenish ones surreptitiously scanning all the local guys as boyfriend pretends not to notice

    Bloody funny really.

    Lately, they've started buying NZ jade (greenstone) carvings and the more adventurous and discerning young have started to turn on to real wool and leather and so on and even strike up conversations with some of the cheekier locals like me.

    Hell, they might get converted yet.
    “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I said, you are gods’? John 10:34.

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    Go to the Phuket weekend market, same items but much cheaper

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