File Photo provided by Thai Navy Seal shows trapped teenagers in a cave in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai province, northern Thailand, on July 2, 2018. (Xinhua)
BANGKOK, Oct. 31 (Xinhua) -- The cave in northern Thailand where 12 young footballers and their coach had been trapped and miraculously rescued in July will be turned into a world-class tourist attraction, a government official has said.
Natural Resources and Environment Minister Surasak Kanchanarat confirmed on Tuesday that the government has approved a project to upgrade Tham Luang-Khun Nam Nang Non mountain park in Chiang Rai province into a national park and world-class tourist attraction.
Royal Thai Navy SEALs take part in rescue operation for 12 Thai teenagers and their football coach in northern Thailand's Chiang Rai Province, June 30, 2018. (Xinhua)
A museum will be built in the cave's neighborhood to showcase the rescue mission that brought the footballers to safety from the flooded cave, where they had been trapped for 18 days, according to the minister.
The cave had been visited by some 4,000 people daily following the rescue mission joined by foreign volunteers and Navy Seal divers.
A mountainous route will be suitably provided for cyclists to visit the cave.