Khmer sites given heritage status

03 May 3007 (Bangkok Post) – Three sites in Thailand are given World Heritage Site status by UNESCO.

Sites to get heritage status

Three ancient Khmer ruins and their surrounding areas and a historic park, all in the Northeast, have been declared World Heritage sites by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco), officials at the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry’s National Park Department said. The sanctuaries of Phimai in Nakhon Ratchasima, as well as Phanom Rung and Muang Tam in Buri Ram were given World Heritage status. Surrounding historic areas were also annexed to the heritage sites.

The other heritage site is Phu Phrabat historic park in Udon Thani.

The Unesco World Heritage Centre has agreed to register both the sanctuaries, their surroundings and Phu Phrabat as World Heritage sites, officials said.


Related Books:
The Art and Architecture of Thailand: From Prehistoric Times Through the Thirteenth Century by H. W. Woodward
The Civilization of Angkor by C. Higham
– Northeast Thailand before Angkor: evidence from an archaeological excavation at the Prasat Hin Phimai by S. Talbot and C. Janthed

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

One thought on “Khmer sites given heritage status”

  1. Either Bangkok Post or you have gotten it wrong – sadly the article you refer to is no longer accessible. The two sites (Phimai, Phanom Rung, Muang Tam and some minor ruins are to be inscribed as one) are still on the tentative list of sites which may be inscribed later. See also this Post article published four weeks later: http://www.bangkokpost.net/240607_Perspective/24Jun2007_pers08.php

    And there are even more 9 sites which Thailand proposed, but which haven’t yet made it into the tentative list. http://www.onep.go.th/knowledgebase/news_elec04.htm

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