New sites added to Thailand's heritage list

25 sites in Thailand, covering temples, palaces and a rock art site, will be included in Thailand’s list of areas of historical interest.

Temples, palaces to be listed
Bangkok Post, 16 June 2010

The Fine Arts Department plans to register 25 sites as areas of historical interest nationwide this year.

Most of the sites are in Bangkok and many are Buddhist temples, although there are also palaces and residences. Registration will entitle them to allocations from the conservation budget.

Tharapong Srisuchart, the director of the department’s Archaeology Office, said his agency has proposed the registration of 18 sites in Bangkok and seven in other provinces.

Sites slated for registration outside of Bangkok include the Phi Sua Samut Fort in Samut Prakan; an ancient town wall at the Phanu Rangsi military camp in Ratchaburi and Khao Sam Roi Yot cave in Prachuap Khiri Khan where ancient artwork was discovered. Temples in Phetchaburi will also be registered including Wat Yang, Wat Lat Satthatham, Wat Na Prom and Wat Phriang.

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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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