Making merit in Pattaya
The monument is also a shrine and after making merit it is a custom to make loud noise (to scare the ghost away?). In the old days that was done by firing your gun .... but since about 10 years there is a sign "Forbidden to fire your gun" (there are people living nearby and bullets have to go somewhere). So people started to use fire-crackers (you can buy them nearby). That makes a lot of noise and the all area would look red from the red paper of the fire-crackers. So there has been build a fire-cracker disposal tower to reduce the noise for the people nearby and to reduce the pollution of the area of the shrine. It seems to work a bit.