The rescue of young footballers trapped in Chiang Rai’s Tham Luang cave in 2018 is now being told in a recently opened exhibition, showing scenes from the rescue mission in a replica of the cave.
The reconstruction of the Nern Nom Sao part of Tham Luang cave system in Chiang Rai where 13 trapped footballers including their coach were rescued in July 2018 is the highlight of the recent opened rescue mission exhibition.
The exhibition, located at Tham Luang – Khun Nam Nang Non National Park in Chiang Rai, is organized by the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP), presenting the story of the rescue mission in a simulated environment using replicated rocks and plaster elements.
Visitors will journey through the replicated cave from the cave mouth to the area where the footballers were found. Along the way, they will find replications of important spots inside the actual cave during the operation, such as the commanding hall, a junction where the late LCdr Saman Gunan lost his consciousness, and the hill where the footballers were found. Mannequins and photographs are placed at these spots to tell the story in a realistic setting.
The DNP is now pursuing the nomination of Tham Luang – Khun Nam Nang Non National Park as an ASEAN Heritage Park by the committee and experts from the ASEAN Center for Biodiversity, citing the park’s notable geological aspects, biodiversity, and habitat to rare and near-extinct animals, as well as being the scene for an important event in the history.