Three Kingdoms Park
The Three Kingdoms Park, where one of the most famous Chinese legends is brought to life. The original concept and design of the park was initiated by a man whose life is a legend of its own.
History of The Park
A man called Kiarti Srifuengfung, the Thai-Sino business entrepreneur who built an enormous business empire with his own hands.
Kiarti loved the land. He spent the majority of his old age in Pattaya and also decided to create something for his descendants, but not only the Srifuengfungs descendants, but all Thai, Chinese and mankind.
Kiarti’s inspiration was from his admiration for Kong Beng, one of the main characters from the Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Hence he spent year after year designing the main tower, where we are now, and surrounding it the landscape of the park. He worked closely with architects to ensure that his innovation would become a masterpiece.
Here is his Three Kingdoms Dream Park. The place contains a collection of information about the novel 三國 演義 Romance of the Three Kingdoms, an historical Chinese literary classic which is famously known to young and old alike and has been translated into more than 10 different languages. Written by Luo Ghanzhong, this historical masterpiece begins in 169 AD and follows the downfall of the powerful Han Dynasty. It is part historical and part mythical, dealing with military battles and personal and political plots, one can compare this writing to that of Shakespeare. Comprising of 800,000 words and almost 1000 different characters, the story has been analysed and certain characteristics stood out, those of management, marketing, strategic planning, on the ability to adapt to one’s surrounding and that of intelligence. Things that are just as relevant nowadays as they were back then.
What To Do
1st The Main Building In the centre of the grounds and 4 floors in height. Each floor has a particular charm. On the first floor there is a brief history Kiarti himself , on the second and third, huge oil paintings on canvas of the story of Kong Beng, a famous military strategist from the 3 Kingdoms era, painted by Zhang Kexin, the painting, which took 5 years to complete, was finished in 1998. On the 4th floor one can enjoy a panoramic view of the park and the landscape of Pattaya.
2nd Building For multipurpose use, exhibitions and various other activities.
3rd Building The building of Bodhisattiva Guanyin, the spiritual figure of mercy. Inside sits a sculpture 4 metres in height and 1 metre wide, weighing in at 12 tonnes and comprising of pure white jade. There are also sintuas (shrines) dedicated in her honour where the spirit of Guan Yin is manifested through a spirit medium. Devotees pray to Guan Yin for help during crisis, for protection during difficult times of their lives and also as a sign of respect to her. While Guan yin reaches out to help all beings, her ultimate aim is to help them towards their enlightenment. The most popular times to visit Guan Yin temples are 1st and 15th of each lunar month and also three special dates relating to Guan Yin’s birth (19th day of 2nd lunar month), (19th day of 6th lunar month) enlightenment and renunciation (19th day of 9th lunar month) (圣诞, 成道, 出家). Many devotees turn vegetarian for at least a day as an act of devotion and compassion. Even food is related to Guan Yin. A famous Chinese tea Oolong is called Tie Guan Yin or Iron Guan Yin. Its semi fermented tea leaves have a greenish tone similar to iron ores while the way the tea leaves curl looks like the palm of Guan Yin closed in prayer hence its name Iron Guan Yin. Another story claimed that the name was acquired because Guan Yin had directed a tea farmer to discover the tea tree Worshipping Guan Yin From the front door, step in with the right foot to progress. (Like a clock that spins to the right) To the wishes of Guanyin. Stand aiming to position towards the face (eyes, face, position), then pray. Sacred Talismans White Rosary, Pearl Necklace, Calabash, White Flower, Signs Blessing Guanyin and White Incense Birthday.
4th Space The garden of petrified wood. A collection of various fossils and Orchid flower.
5th Space of Guan Yu Dedicated to a man of many names, also known as Guan Gong, Guan Di, Guan Yunchang and the Marquis Zhangmou but always known as the ‘ One with the red face’. Dotted around China, Hong Kong in particular, you can find statues and temples connected with this historical everygod, recognised as a symbol from everything from loyalty to wealth. Said to have lived during the latter years of the Han dynasty, he served as a general under the warlord Liu Bei during the establishing of China’s 3 Kingdom period. Whilst all around him pledged their allegiance to the different warlords, Guan Yu remained loyal to then Han Dynasty, swearing an oath vowing to protect it. After the fall of the Han Dynasty and Liu Bei’s fleeing to northern China, Guan Yu joined Cao Cao, but only on the condition that should he ever find out about Liu Bei’s whereabouts, he could freely go and join his brother, and despite offers of wealth and gifts, that’s exactly what he did. Guan Yu finally met his end in 219, just a year before the 3 Kingdoms period began. Accompanied by his son, he was surrounded by the forces of Sun Quan, the 3rd warlord final for control of the empire. Executed, Yu’s head was sent back to Cao Cao, who arranged full funeral rites for the general.
6th Activities Space An activity area, including a mosaic laden terrace, which tells the story of the romance of the 3 kingdoms.
7th Kiarti’s Wish Tree In the past people would throw sticks into the trees, believing the higher the stick reached, the more likely the wish was to come true. We’ve came up with a novel modern day equivalent. Kiarti planted these trees to inspire people to push themselves to meet their goals, his ideology was that if you really wanted something, working hard would enable you to do anything. The wish trees became a gift from Kiarti to anyone who has business plans or is dreaming of what they could become in the future.
8th Photo Opportunity with Horses White, red, blue, black or brown horses symbolise different types of luck. Take a quick snap with one of our many beautiful horses. Also on hand are various products made from horse hair, earrings for example. For special occasions such as Chinese new year, we also have the lucky red ‘angpaow’ envelope. You can even create your own wish card here in house.
9th Shopping Area Come enjoy some of Thailand’s famous snacks and products, and take in some special types of souvenir, such as Premium Guanyin Tea, and designs by famous Chinese Artist Zhang Kexin.
10th Chinese-Thai Food Area Here is where you can learn all about the tradition of Thai-Chinese cooking, how the histories are intertwined. The Thai traditional methods include stewing and baking, but with the migration of the mainland Chinese to various areas of south east Asia, one has seen the growth of stir-frying and deep frying, so deep was the influence that 2 of Thailand’s main dishes are Pad Thai ( friend noodles ) and Khao Pad ( fried rice. )
11th Dragon Well In days gone by, before we all considered potable water a necessity, tribes across the world were on a constant hunt for water. When they found a lake or watering hole, they considered it a gift from the gods, from here the idea developed that god was watching over the wells or fountains of water and nowadays we toss a coin in the fountain and make a wish. At 3 Kingdoms Park, we suggest throwing the coin with your right hand over your left shoulder, which will lead you back to Three Kingdoms dream park someday.
Address The Three Kingdoms Dream Park & 3K Company Limited 100 Moo 9, Tambon Pong Amphoe Bang Lamung, Chonburi 20150 Thailand.
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