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    <div class=”artSplitter mol-img-group”> <div> <div class=”image-wrap”> Ban Hun Lek, an hour's drive north of Bangkok, has become a popular weekend spot for families eager for Instagram selfies </div> <noscript> Ban Hun Lek, an hour's drive north of Bangkok, has become a popular weekend spot for families eager for Instagram selfies </noscript> </div> <p class=”imageCaption”>Ban Hun Lek, an hour’s drive north of Bangkok, has become a popular weekend spot for families eager for Instagram selfies</p> </div> <p>Towering Transformers, life-sized Marvel superheroes and extraterrestrial lifeforms — a “House of Steel Robots” in Thailand has made a name for itself by transforming scrap metal into dazzling sculptures inspired by Hollywood blockbusters.</p> <p>Ban Hun Lek, an hour’s drive north of Bangkok, has become a popular weekend spot for families eager for Instagram selfies against a backdrop that looks plucked from the the silver screen.</p> <div class=”artSplitter mol-img-group”> <div> <div class=”image-wrap”> Phairote Thanomwong's welding workshop was opened 20 years ago and its front section is a gallery for curious tourists </div> <noscript> Phairote Thanomwong's welding workshop was opened 20 years ago and its front section is a gallery for curious tourists </noscript> </div> <p class=”imageCaption”>Phairote Thanomwong’s welding workshop was opened 20 years ago and its front section is a gallery for curious tourists</p> </div> <p>Visitors to Phairote Thanomwong’s welding workshop gaze up at eight-metre-high (26 feet) sculptures modelled after the robots of the Transformers franchise and a jet-black King Kong hewn together from old car parts.</p> <p>Phairote opened his welding workshop 20 years ago and eventually converted its front section into a gallery for curious tourists.</p> <p>”It was just a hobby at first,” he tells AFP.

    “When I was a child, I liked mechanics a lot… so I made what I liked into my work.”</p> <div class=”artSplitter mol-img-group”> <div> <div class=”image-wrap”> Every sculpture is built using scrap metal and recyclables </div> <noscript> Every sculpture is built using scrap metal and recyclables </noscript> </div> <p class=”imageCaption”>Every sculpture is built using scrap metal and recyclables</p> </div> <p>Every sculpture is built using scrap metal and recyclables, which makes each creation unique, he said.</p> <p>A one-metre-high piece sells for up to 30,000 baht ($950), and the majority of his customers are overseas buyers.</p> <div class=”artSplitter mol-img-group”> <div> <div class=”image-wrap”> Visitors to Phairote Thanomwong's welding workshop gaze up at eight-metre-high sculptures modelled after the robots of the Transformers franchise </div> <noscript> Visitors to Phairote Thanomwong's welding workshop gaze up at eight-metre-high sculptures modelled after the robots of the Transformers franchise </noscript> </div> <p class=”imageCaption”>Visitors to Phairote Thanomwong’s welding workshop gaze up at eight-metre-high sculptures modelled after the robots of the Transformers franchise</p> </div> <p>Since the coronavirus pandemic spread around the world and sent the global economy into a tailspin, Phairote says his art exports have been put on pause.</p> <p>Still, the towering metal brontosaurus at Ban Hun Lek, which can be seen from the main freeway, 메리트카지노주소 draws dozens of Thai visitors each weekend.</p> <p>”If they want to see something amazing, they should come here,” Phairote says with a laugh.</p></div>

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