PHUKET: Nine important figures in Phuket’s history will be honored with statues in Thalang by the beginning of next year.

The goal of the 26-million-baht project is to remind Phuketians of their brave ancestors who defended Phuket from Burmese invaders, said Phuket Vice Governor Sommai Prijasilpa.

“We chose nine figures to honor HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej because he is the ninth king of the Chakri Dynasty,” she said.