The director-general of UNESCO has announced that Chiang Mai has been inscribed on the list of the planet’s heritage Creative Cities. Irina Bokova noted that Chiang Mai was one of 64 new entries on the table and had been added due to its long history and skills in Crafts and Folk Art.
Numfon Yurayartsumphant is an assistant director of projects at Chiang Mai University’s Thailand Creative and Design Centre. She said the Creative Cities listing was a testament to the city’s cultural background and its diverse blend of ethnicities and their rich traditions.
Chiang Mai’s Crafts and Folk Art industries are one of its greatest assets and a major draw for tourists. Tourists visiting Chiang Mai have the chance of taking a distinctive souvenir home with them. Popular purchases are Bo Sang paper umbrellas, silverware, pottery and celadon articles, lacquerware, handcrafted wooden toys and furniture, and beautiful paintings.
The network of UNESCO Creative Cities now comprises 180 different cities in a total 72 countries. Cities are inscribed on the list if they are considered to have unique creative industries and heritage which will drive future development and sustainable practices.
Chiang Mai joins other illustrious creative cities on the list such as Istanbul and Paraty in Brazil. The Turkish metropolis was inscribed due to its proficiency in design and Paraty for its gastronomic experiences.