Thailand Aims at UNESCO World Heritage Listing for Chiang Mai Old City

Ku Huang Corner at the South-Western end of Chiang Mai Old City

Thai authorities say a proposal to get the Old City quarter of Chiang Mai inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site should be ready next year. Vira Rojpojchanarat is the culture-minister of Thailand and he says the Fine Arts Department are in the process of collecting the documents needed for the submission.

The minister carried on by saying once all the documents had been sorted they would need to be checked over by archaeological specialists and museum curators to verify authenticity. He finished off by saying the ministry might host an international seminar to gain more insights into the UNESCO proposal for Chiang Mai Old City as well as one for Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan Temple in the southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat.

In Chiang Mai, a working committee headed up by the city’s governor will be set up to collaborate on expediting the proposal. If the UNESCO bid is successful, Chiang Mai will have two World Heritage listings. The city was recently added to the UNESCO Creative Cities list in recognition of its Crafts and Folk Art heritage.

Chiang Mai was founded by King Mengrai more than seven centuries ago. The Old City is a lasting legacy of this historic era. A moat still encloses the quarter while some of the walls and the main gates are still standing. The What’s Up Chiang Mai has more information about the Old City and its attraction highlights.