Thai FAD chief aiming for one new World Heritage site every year

Borvornvate Rungrujee, D-G of the Thai FAD. Source: Bangkok Post 20150416

A Bangkok Post feature on Borvornvate Rungrujee, the Director-General of the Fine Arts Department in Thailand and his plan to nominate more World Heritage Sites from the kingdom.

Borvornvate Rungrujee, D-G of the Thai FAD. Source: Bangkok Post 20150416
Borvornvate Rungrujee, D-G of the Thai FAD. Source: Bangkok Post 20150416

The fine art of cultural preservation
Bangkok Post, 16 April 2015

Borvornvate Rungrujee, director-general of the Fine Arts Department, has an ambitious plan: every year for the next 10 years he will submit one cultural site to be considered for Unesco’s World Heritage List.

“The Kingdom hasn’t had any new cultural World Heritage Sites since Ban Chiang Archaeological Site was added to the list in 1992,” said Borvornvate. It took the department more than 20 years to make the next move. On January 27, the National Committee on the Convention for the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage of Thailand submitted a dossier on Phu Phrabat Historical Park in Udon Thani, prepared by the Fine Arts Department, for consideration by Unesco. The site, which has been on the tentative list since 2004, is now in the process of being evaluated.

Full story here.

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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.

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  1. I led a repatriation of antique items,from museums back to Hawaii.Dr. Patricia Riff of UH Manoa was my assistant.,in 1993.It would be of great interest to me,to give you details of the process …I would rather communicate thru a Face Book Private message,then my email address..if you are interested.

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