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The Srifuengfung family's Three Kingdoms Memorial Park was built to house the remains of Khun Kiarti Srifuengfung, as a remembrance of his contribution to society and the country of Thailand. It serves as a centering point for his family members and descendants, a place for ancestral worship as well as for religious purposes and annual family rituals. The Srifuengfung family continues the tradition of Khun Kiarti, donating a portion of all proceeds to support charitable causes, such as scholorship funds, to benefit development efforts in Thailand via the "Srifuengfung Foundation."

 

Khun Kiarti always felt a deep attachment to the famous Chinese saga, "The Romance of the Three Kingdoms." He regularly adapted its lessons to his everyday life, thus an important part of the memorial was to demonstrate aspects of the saga that Khun Kiarti found valuable. For this reason, the Three Kingdoms Memorial Park should be considered a sacred residence for both the physical form and conscience of Khun Kiarti.

The intent of Khun Kiarti before he passed away was to build a group of Chinese pagodas and architectural works that would serve as symbol of stability and help bring happiness to future generations. This was the major consideration for the design of the site, including the layout, architecture, landscaping and interior decoration. The mixture and combination of elements representing Thai and Chinese classical art and architecture was intended to communicate the intertwined ties between Khun Kiarti's homeland of China and the Thai kingdom where his family has become firmly established.

Architectural Fusion


Khun Kiarti and his family had long vacationed in Pattaya, and when it came time to build their father’s memorial, they naturally gravitated toward siting it in the lush terrain not far from the coast.  Through a series of consultations with Confucian geomancers, a southward sloping parcel of land was settled upon, which allowed the main pagoda to be positioned auspiciously in relation to water—that is, the Gulf of Thailand—to the cardinal points of the compass, and to the mountains along the horizon.   As the planning unfolded, it became clear that the buildings should reflect the mixture of backgrounds embodied in Khun Kiarti himself, whose grandfather had immigrated to Thailand from Swatow, China in the early 1900s.  Consequently, the silhouettes of the structures are pointedly Chinese, while many details are Thai.

Anyone with a passing familiarity of temple architecture in Bangkok will have noticed how ready Thais have been over the centuries to incorporate different cultural references, styles, and materials.  At Three Kingdoms Park, true to form, the architects intentionally drew from the symbolic library of several different schools of Buddhism, of Chinese Confucianism, and of Hinduism.  Moreover, in treating structural elements such as beams, columns, doorways, and roofs, they employed both Thai and Chinese designs and techniques.  Perhaps most important, in light of Kiarti Srifuengfung’s role as founder of Thai Asahi Glass, PCL, whose products irrevocably transformed the Bangkok skyline, the pagodas employ ample expanses of this modern material.


The initial design period took one year from 1993-94, while the construction spanned five years, from 1994 to 1999.  After the project as originally conceived reached completion, the family embarked upon a second phase, constructing a shrine to Guan Yu at the behest of the Chinese Feng-shui master who had assisted in siting the project.  In addition, several structures were added, including one to accommodate a gift shop- restaurant and an exterior wall along the full south side of the park which houses a series of Chinese ceramic tiles portraying the story of the Three Kingdoms.