Chiang Mai World Heritage to File Submission to UNESCO
CityNews – Chiang Mai World Heritage working group is to file a submission to UNESCO by the end of this month.
In 2014 Chiang Mai World Heritage Initiative Project marked a successful milestone in the project’s working group as Chiang Mai wass added to the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. Woralun Boonyasurat, Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts at Chiang Mai University told Ciytlife during the interview “Chiang Mai is a UNESCO Creative City…Now What?” going on to explain that the essential key in order to succeed in this initiative is to have a solid proof to our history. “For instance, we say that Chiang Mai was founded in 1296…but where’s the proof? There is some written evidence, but nothing firm and solid,” said Woralun one of the project’s leaders.
This week, Veera Rojpojanarat, the Culture Minister made an announcement that the ministry has approved the proposal which will be filed to UNESCO by the end of this month. The properties proposed include the old town (4.96 sq. km.) and Doi Suthep Area (33.25 sq. km.), which has expanded from the previous study that focused only on Wat Phra Tha Doi Suthep, with buffer zones surrounded both sites.
Meanwhile, the working group has been holding The World Heritage International Convention on the topic of “Integration of Historic Cities and Their Natural Settings for Sustainable Development” with Dr. Gamini Wijesuriya from ICOMOS South Asia as a keynote speaker. For more update on the conference please visit Chiang Mai World Heritage Project.