On December 17th, at the multipurpose building in Rawai Sub-district Administration Office, Tri Akaradecha, the Governor of Phuket, presided over a musical instruments giving ceremony as a part of sea gypsy’s quality of life enhancing project. The musical instruments were handed over to Neem Damrongkaset, the representatives of sea gypsies in Rawai.
Then, the governor went to hand over musical instruments to the sea gypsies living in Laem Took Kae, Rassada Sub-district. The governor said that the province had used 8,415,700 baht from the Thai Kem Kang Project to run the sea gypsy’s quality of life enhancing project encouraging the sea gypsies to maintain their traditional career, culture, and way of life. Moreover, these instruments could be promoted as a Phuket cultural tourism selling point.
There are five sea gypsy communities supported in this project including sea gypsies in Rawai, Laem Took Kae, Sapam, Laem La, and Hin Look Diew. The musical instruments are traditional drums, violins, gongs, flutes, and accordions. The musical instruments cost 147,000 baht for Rawai.