Recent deliberations at the annual World Heritage Committee meeting earlier this month have decided not to put Ayutthaya on the world heritage endangered list.
Historic City of Ayutthaya not on endangered world heritage site list
National News Bureau of Thailand, 03 July 2015
The World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has resolved not to include the Historic City of Ayutthaya in the list of endangered world heritage sites, following the great floods of 2011 in Thailand.
Natural Resources and Environment Minister General Daopong Rattanasuwan and his team recently attended the 39th Session of the World Heritage Committee in Bonn, Germany.
The minister said that the decision by the panel not to include the Historic City of Ayutthaya on the world heritage site list was because Thailand’s efforts to restore the city did not follow the World Heritage Committee’s protocol.
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Recent floods at the My Son world heritage site in Central Vietnam have caused cracks to appear in some of the temples, with no remedy in sight.
The My Son Sanctuary. Source: Thanh Niein News 20141030
Vietnam’s world heritage site collapsing
Thanh Nien News, 30 October 2014
A new project has been launched by Unesco to held develop a flood mitigation plan for the world heritage site of Ayutthaya.
Wat Chaiwatthanaram, Ayutthaya
UNESCO launches project to develop a flood risk mitigation plan for Ayutthaya World Heritage Site
Asia/Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO, 25 March 2013
The former capital of Siam, Ayutthaya, is bracing for another flood season. The city was hit badly during last year’s rainy season.
Preparing for this year’s floods in Ayutthaya, Pattaya Mail 20120901
Historic Ayutthaya on alert for this year’s floods
Pattaya Mail, 01 Sep 2012
A group of hydraulic experts predict that this year’s floods will submerge Ayutthaya under 3m of water this year.
Ayutthaya ‘will be sumberged again’
The Nation, 22 June 2012
Current repairs to Ayutthaya from last year’s devastating floods will include measures to prevent against future floods.
Inspection of flood damage at Ayutthaya, MCOT News 20120131
Restoration of historic Ayutthaya sites to cope with renewed flood
MCOT News, 31 January 2012
A panel of experts from around the world will survey the damage done to the ancient capital Ayutthaya by the recent floods to decide on recommendations and best practices to help repair the damaged sites.
Flooding at Ayutthaya, The Nation 20111129
Experts to check sites at Ayutthaya
The Nation, 29 November 2011
The Fine Arts Department in Thailand has their work cut out for them, as repairs and restoration to sites damaged from the flood will take up to two years to complete.
Long recovery for old sites
Bangkok Post, 23 November 2011
More stories from the aftermath of this year’s floods which have directly affected the world heritage site of Ayutthaya.
photo credit: jwvgoethe
Ayutthaya picks up the pieces as floodwaters recede [Link no longer active]
Monsters and Critics, 10 November 2011
Ayutthaya, after the floods
Bangkok Post, 17 November 2011
Fears for ancient Thai temples as floods recede [Link no longer active]
AFP, 20 November 2011
With the flood waters receding, volunteers are chipping in to help clean up the ancient capital of Ayutthaya. If you’re in the area and feel like lending a hand, another cleaning day will be held on December 5. Contact the Tourism Authority of Thailand Ayutthaya Office at (035) 246076-7.
Volunteers help clean up Ayutthaya. The Nation 20111116
The Nation, 16 November 2011