via The Thaiger, 26-27 September 2023: Following its recent UNESCO World Heritage designation, Si Thep Historical Park has experienced an unprecedented surge in tourism. While the influx has led to calls for better facilities and accommodations, it has also raised concerns among locals about potential damage to sacred sites within the park, particularly Khao Klang Nok. Authorities are now considering measures such as a climbing ban to preserve the site’s sanctity.
Weerawat Wattanawongphreuk, the district chief, shared these concerns with the head of Si Thep Historical Park earlier this week. Weerawat suggested that the park might soon enforce a ban on climbing Khao Klang Nok to preserve its sanctity and protect its historical value. Presently, the park authorities permit visitors to climb to the hill’s summit.
“A personal belief of mine is that a restriction on climbing would add more value to this ancient location. The act of ascending to the top doesn’t hold much significance; people just want to capture photos of the landscape.
“The benefit is not substantial. It is more suitable to remain below and admire this ancient site, now recognised as a World Heritage site.”