via Bangkok Post, 04 March 2018: Developing story over the last week, as residents from Phimai, Nakhon Ratchasima Province protest the planned action of the Fine Arts Department to declare the Phimai area as a historic site. The historic site designation will impose some restrictions such as prohibiting construction over two storeys tall, but some locals are reportedly afraid that they will be evicted. See other related stories in the links below.
NAKHON RATCHASIMA: Despite the Fine Arts Department’s move to declare a 2,600-rai area in Phimai Municipality a historic site, a large number of tourists were still visiting the Khmer temple ruins in the Phimai Historical Park in Phimai district on Sunday.
Cambodian officials at the World Heritage Committee meeting in Seville, Spain announced that the meeting refused to consider Thailand’s protest on the listing of Preah Vihear and has continued with its scheduled agenda. There hasn’t been any report of this in the Thai media (not surprising, if this were true), and border tensions are high once again.