July 24, 2014

Royal Thai Embassy builds ‘solid’ relationship with Town of Carleton Place

It’s rare. It’s solid. It’s million years old. That’s why it’s the perfect symbol of a new friendship that is unique, endurable and lasts indefinitely.

Royal Thai Embassy contributes a striking piece of sedimentary rock that came all the way from Thailand to the Town of Carleton Place for their International Cairn restoration project to be unveiled next month.

On July 22, Chargé d' Affaires Nantana Sivakua presented the rock to Councillor Gary Strike of Carleton Place at the Royal Thai Embassy in Ottawa. The stone aged gift will be placed in St. James Park across from the beautiful historic Town Hall where the Cairn is located.

Since the current cairn is falling apart at the base and repairs to the structure are needed, Councillor Strike pitched an idea to the council meeting to collect additional rocks from several embassies as well as the town’s residences. The new collections will be an addition to the original stones from 16 countries such as Germany, China, Russia and South Africa.

The rock that the Royal Thai Embassy selected for Carleton Place came from the famous Rare Stone Museum in Pathum Thani Province (


Fast Fact:

Sedimentary Rock from Thailand

Rock name: Laminated limestone

Composition: Calcite Laminae

Origin: Central Thailand

Age: Approximately 200 million years old


The official unveiling ceremony will be held on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 1:30 pm at St. James Park on Bell Street in Carleton Place. Everyone is welcome to join us for an afternoon of sunshine in the scenic park overlooking Mississippi river. There are three large flag poles with the UN Flag, the Canadian flag and the Ontario flag on the site.

If you are not able to make it to the ceremony, please visit this lovely Town when you have a chance and don’t forget to stop by to have a look at our rock. It has quite an unusual shape as well as fascinating layers so it will sure stand out.

Amidst the turmoil in the world where conflict is louder than peace, the rocks from different countries that will be cemented to the Cairn as part of the restoration plan signify a strong message and reveal a beautiful side of the world where the international brotherhood is celebrated and, from that, the new friendship between Thailand and the Town of Carleton Place is built firmly on the stone. 



Reported by

Suranchana Pattamakowit

July 23, 2014

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