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Ministry seeks Unesco listing for 4 sites
« on: March 04, 2011, 06:43:28 PM »
Ministry seeks Unesco listing for 4 sites

NAKHON RATCHASIMA : The Culture Ministry plans to nominate four new sites for consideration by Unesco for world heritage listing.

The director-general of the Fine Arts Department, Somsuda Leyavanijia, said yesterday the subcommittee on cultural heritage had resolved recently to propose the four sites to the World Heritage Committee (WHC).

The tentative list is an inventory of properties considered suitable for registration as cultural or natural world heritage sites.

The four sites are Prince Naris's Architecture, the Cultural Landscape of the Chao Phraya River, Wat Phamahathat Woramahawihan in Nakhon Si Thammarat, and Chiang Saen and the Suvannakhomkham Archaeological Complex in Chiang Rai.

The subcommittee will forward the nominations to the national committee on world heritage, chaired by deputy prime ministerTrairong Suwannakhiri, and the cabinet for approval before sending the list to the WHC, Ms Somsuda said.

Since support from residents is a significant factor for the listing, the ministry will conduct public hearings among people living around the sites, she said.

A public hearing has been conducted for communities in Nakhon Si Thammarat surrounding Wat Phamahathat Woramahawihan.

Similar forums would be held for other sites, she said.

Thailand already has two cultural sites on the world heritage tentative list: Phuphrabat Historical Park in Udon Thani and the Phimai-Phanomroong-Muangtam temples.

The Culture Ministry yesterday organised a three-day trip for ambassadors from six countries to visit Phimai temple and other cultural and historical sites in Nakhon Ratchasima and Buri Ram to strengthen diplomatic relations.

Vietnamese ambassador Ngo Duc Thang said world heritage registration would help to preserve the site as well as to boost the country's revenue through increased tourism.

Polish ambassador Jerzy Bayer said Thailand managed its historical sites effectively and was ready to register more on the world heritage list.

Bangkok Post