New panel formed to manage Ayutthaya

A new panel comprising of locals, the Fine Arts Department and scholars will be set up to manage the Ayutthaya World Heritage Site, in response to complaints that not enough public consultation has been fed into the site’s management.

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Panel will manage ancient ruins
Bangkok Post, 23 July 2010

A committee will take over the Fine Arts Department’s job in caring for ancient ruins in the old capital to defuse disputes between the department and residents.

Apirak Kosayodhin, an adviser to the prime minister, has agreed to set up a multi-party committee to take over the department’s job in the old capital, the Provincial Administration Organisation Council said.

Council secretary-general Chatri Yudhprasert raised the proposal with Mr Apirak, who agreed in principle to form the Ayutthaya World Heritage committee made up of local bodies, scholars, members of the public and departmental officials. It will serve as a model for other provinces with archaeological sites, Mr Chatri said.

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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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