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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