Saving Ayutthaya

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18 & 19 October (Nation Multimedia) – The prospect of de-listing Ayutthaya from UNESCO’s World Heritage List seems to have sparked some editorials in the Thai Newspaper, The Nation. The second article also talks a little about the fall of Ayutthaya to the Burmese in 1767.

Ayutthaya. Creative Commons photo by Joerg Riechel
Creative Commons photo by Jeorg Riechel

Ministry rings alarm bells over Ayutthaya
Historic town on verge of being taken off World heritage list
by Pakamard Jaichalard and Chularat Saengpassa

Culture Minister Khunying Khaisri Sriaroon yesterday said it would be “unfortunate and embarrassing” if Unesco removes the Historic City of Ayutthaya and Associated Historic Towns from the World Heritage list following threat of encroachments from rapid development.

Khaisri had received an initial report from the Fine Arts Department that the site, which was included in Unesco’s World Heritage List in December 1991, had problems with city planning that might lead to its exclusion from the list, the minister said.

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Ancient Thai kingdom might lose its World Heritage Status

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17 October 2007 (Bangkok Post, Nation Multimedia) – The ruins of Thailand’s ancient kingdom of Ayutthaya is in danger of losing its UNESCO World Heritage Status, because of encroachment into the historic city by urbanization. One of the longest-running kingdoms in Thai history, Ayutthaya ruled between the 14th and 18th century, and finally fell to a Burmese invasion in the middle of the 18th century. Today, Ayutthaya is one of the highlights for Thailand tourism.

Ayutthaya. Creative Commons photo by Joerg Riechel
Creative Commons photo by Jeorg Riechel

Ayutthaya might be removed from Unesco’s World Heritage list

Culture Minister Khunying Khaisri Sriaroon said Wednesday it would be “unfortunate and embarrassing” if Unesco removes the Historic City of Ayutthaya and Associated Historic Towns from the World Heritage list after the site was under threat of land encroachments from rapid development.

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Cabinet passes amendments to Ancient Monuments Act

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4 April 2007 (Thais News) – A 1961 law to protect ancient monuments in Thailand is amended to keep up with changing times. Particularly edifying is to see the act being amended to address the illicit transport (smuggling) of artefacts.

Cabinet passes amendments to Ancient Monuments Act

The Cabinet meeting approves amendments to the 1961 Act on Ancient Monuments, Antiques, Objects of Art and National Museums and draft of the National Archive Act to conserve Thai heritage.

Minister of Culture Khunying Khaisri Sri-arun (ไขศรี ศรีอรุณ) reveals that the amendments were made by the ministry to give a mandate to local administration officials to monitor ancient monuments. The minister says the amendments were written in line with the changing society and international standards on ancient monument conservation, especially those concern illegal transport of cultural objects. The amended Act also designates conserving areas for antiques and art objects located under water and on land.