Thursday, March 15, 2018

Koh Samui residents angry over naked foreign tourist hugging iconic landmark

PHOTO: Female tourists stripped naked and rubbed herself against sacred rock. Locals on Koh Samui, Thailand, want her found so she can be made to apologise. Do you know the woman? The young woman appears looking at someone behind her as she undresses by the 12ft tall rock. [2]
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BANGKOK: Samui residents are calling on police to locate and arrest a naked foreign tourist who was photographed hugging Hin Ta rock, which is regarded by local residents as a symbol of Koh Samui in Surat Thani.

The photos show the unidentified woman walking around and hugging the rock, which resembles a phallus, to pose for photos.

They were posted on the Facebook group of local residents.

The residents called on police to locate and arrest the woman for committing a disrespectful act to the spirit of Hin Ta, which they believe is haunted by the spirit of an old man.

Local residents erected the Hin Ta and Hin Yai shrine for grandpa and grandma spirits.



Hin Ta Hin Yai (Grandfather & Grandmother Rocks)
PHOTO: Hin Ta Hin Yai (Grandfather & Grandmother Rocks)
Several local tales are associated with the formation of these rocks; one being that the rocks are transformed bodies of an elder couple known as Ta Kang and Yai Riam.
To reach these rocks, visitors need to pass a short narrow passage lined with small shops, souvenir stores and stalls selling many handmade items.
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Local vendors said they want police to locate and bring the foreign woman to apologise to the shrine as soon as possible. - By The Nation/Asia News Network, Asiaone, 14 March 2018

Food seller Sutida Wongyai said: 'The rock is very special and represent our island. It is an insult to do this to it.'

Hotel boss Suriya Promsri added: 'Nobody should be naked in public here. That's offensive.

'The police need to find her and prosecute her. It will warn other people not to disrespect the island.'

Resident Niwin Suksan, 34, who runs a stall near the stone, added: 'I felt very uncomfortable after seeing the picture. I want the police to take appropriate action to avoid this happening again. The grandfather rock has a long history and the people of Samui are proud of it.'



The Hin Ta rock, seen far right, is considered sacred by the residents of Koh Samui, and many are now demanding that the woman is arrested and made to apologise.
PHOTO: The Hin Ta rock, seen far right, is considered sacred by the residents of Koh Samui, and many are now demanding that the woman is arrested and made to apologise. [2]
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The Hin Ta rock, a tourist attraction in the island, is found next to a smaller Hin Yai rock - the first resembles the male genitalia and the second female.

Locals believe that an elderly couple sailed to the island to propose a marriage for their son but their boat was capsized in a storm causing them to lose their dowry.

Fearing the shame of turning up penniless, they are said to have leapt into the sea, before being reborn as two male and female rocks on the island.



Locals believe Hin Ta, which translates to 'Grandfather Rock' is imbued with the spirit of an old man.
PHOTO:  Locals believe Hin Ta, which translates to 'Grandfather Rock' is imbued with the spirit of an old man. Hin Ta is found next to a smaller Hin Yai rock. Hin Ta and Hin Yai also known as Grandfather and Grandmother Rocks, are a popular tourist attraction about 2 kilometres south of Lamai.
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Hin Yai rock resembles the female genitalia  It is found next to the Hin Ta rock which resembles the male genitalia.
PHOTO: Hin Yai rock resembles the female genitalia  It is found next to the Hin Ta rock which resembles the male genitalia.
Locals believe that an elderly couple sailed to the island to propose a marriage for their son but their boat was capsized in a storm causing them to lose their dowry. Fearing the shame of turning up penniless, they are said to have leapt into the sea, before being reborn as two male and female rocks on the island. Grandfather standing tall and proud while Grandmother's condition depends upon the tide.
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Despite warning signs on the beach, the unfortunate phallic shape of the rock regularly attracts pranksters who cause offence by climbing on it or posing next to it.

In August 2016 local authorities launched an unsuccessful manhunt for a tourist who went rock climbing on rock the posing on top of it. While in February a model sparked anger with a cheeky photo in front of the landmark.

Police on the island today confirmed they had received a complaint about the naked tourist and were investigating.

A spokesman said: 'This is not acceptable and officers will investigate the images and try to find the woman.'



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By Sara Malm For Mailonline, sara.malm@mailonline.co.uk, 13 March 2018 at 12:18 GMT



Reference
[1] The Nation/Asia News Network, Koh Samui residents angry over naked foreign tourist hugging iconic landmark, posted on 14 March 2018, http://www.asiaone.com/asia/koh-samui-residents-angry-over-naked-foreign-tourist-hugging-iconic-landmark?link_time=1520999026

[2] Sara Malm For Mailonline, sara.malm@mailonline.co.uk, @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook, Outrage as female tourist strips naked and 'rubs herself' against a 12ft sacred rock shaped like a penis in Thailand, posted on 13 March 2018 at 12:18 GMT, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5494825/Naked-woman-spark-fury-Thai-island-rubbing-penis-stone.html