Plans to build a movie museum in the Nai Harn area of Phuket were made earlier this year but it seems that there has been a bit of a hold up due to concerns about Trees being cut down in order to make way for the venue. The Nai Harn Movie Museum was scheduled to start construction earlier this month but concerns were voiced about 30 year old trees having to be destroyed due to the possibility of their roots being an obstacle for the construction of the building.
Phuket locals joined forces to protest the planned construction by wrapping the trees with Saffron colored fabrics similar to the robes worn by monks. A public meeting was also organized and a decision was made to relocate the Movie Museum. Over 100 Thai and Foreign residents joined the meeting to voice their opinions. The project had already been approved, meaning that the director of the Ministry of Tourism and Sport had to explain to the Tourism Department why the project could not go ahead as planned.
One solution was to redesign the building so that it would not interfere with the roots of the trees but locals were adamant that the museum should be built elsewhere. Aside from the trees being cut down, the other main reason the locals were upset about the proposed museum was that it would clog up traffic on the roads and ruin the serene environment. It really is lucky that the voice of the people was heard. Nai Harn beach was voted one of the top 10 beaches in Asia on Trip Advisor and it looks like it’s going to stay that way.