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Satun’s famous limestone 'castle' closed after it loses a spire

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The famous limestone sinkhole Prasat Hin Pun Yod (Castle of a Thousand Spires) in Satun’s Pheta Islands National Park had to be temporarily closed after one of the natural “spires” broke and fell.

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Photo credit: Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation

The national park’s chief Wittaya Buapol said the area was closed to tourists because he believes a rockslide will occur again.

He has also instructed officials to put up red flags in the area and ensure no tourists are taken to the area.

Photo credit: Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation

"The national park is also cooperating with related agencies to investigate the area,” the department said.

Photo credit: Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation

Prasat Hin Pun Yod has been named a global geopark by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco).

“This sinkhole is popular among tourists because they can enjoy spectacular views of beautiful limestone towers set in beautiful emerald-green waters. It is also popular with kayakers,” the department said.

Published : February 22, 2021

By : The Nation