Hai Leng Ong Statue (Golden Dragon Statue), Phuket
At the entrance of Queen Sirikit Park, visitors are greeted by an imposing golden-colored statue of a dragon emerging from the water. This awe-inspiring sculpture stands as a testament to the significance and reverence bestowed upon Golden Dragon. It serves as a focal point where local residents, especially those of Chinese descent, gather to pay homage to the creature. Offerings, incense, and candles are lovingly presented to honor the dragon and seek its protection for Phuket and its people.
Within the park, a wall adorned with artwork recounts the enchanting legend of Hai Leng Ong. This artistic depiction provides a figurative representation of the magnificent sea dragon and its relationship with the geography of Phuket. The wall displays the positioning of each part of the dragon's body in relation to the island. For instance, the snout of the dragon is believed to reside at the southern tip of Phuket, specifically at Laem Promthep. The heart of the dragon is said to be situated somewhere within the Phuket Town area. According to folklore, a series of hills forms the creature's long and curving body, culminating in a tail that elegantly curls back upon itself.
Queen Sirikit Park itself was established to commemorate Her Majesty Queen Sirikit's 72nd birthday in 2004, as part of the auspicious celebrations for her 12-year life-cycle. The addition of the dragon statue in 2006 further enhanced the park's significance, commemorating the 60th year of His Majesty the King's reign—an important milestone within the 12-year cycle.
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