Statue of Ja Sam to be transported to Chiang Rai in Dec


Ayutthaya – A religious ceremony has been held in Ayutthaya to mark the beginning of the construction of the statue of Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Saman Kunan or ‘Ja Sam’ who lost his life during the historic Tham Luang rescue mission.

A national artist, Chaloemchai Kositpipat , and the wife of the late diver, Waleeporn Kunan , attended the ceremony at Asia Fine Art Foundry.

They were joined by Ayutthaya Governor Sujin Chaicumsak , the foundry owner, Tawan Muangchang , and others from government agencies. Ja Sam died while helping to save members of the Wild Boar Football team, who were trapped inside Tham Luang cave, in July.

The statue of Ja Sam will be paraded through the municipality of Chiang Rai province to commemorate his heroic role before it is placed in front of Tham Luang cave.

The statue will be delivered to Wat Rong Khun Temple, Chiang Rai province, on the night of December 12.

The foundry owner will cover all construction and transportation expenses which are estimated at 4 million baht. Waleeporn said she was grateful and proud to see the statute of her late husband.