Chinese delegation given key to city during Pattaya visit

Friday, 28 December 2012 From Issue Vol. XX No. 52 By  Thanachot Anuwan

Top government, police and city officials welcomed to Pattaya a Chinese delegation that will help lead the restoration of a Bangkok temple.

Culture Minister Sonthaya Kunplome, Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome and Chonburi Police Superintendent Maj. Gen. Khatcha Thatsart met with representatives from Qingdao, China and the Thai-Chinese Cultural and Economic Association Dec. 15.

Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome (right) presents Yuan Zhongxue with a key to the city and receives a hand painted fan in return. Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome (right) presents Yuan Zhongxue with a key to the city and receives a hand painted fan in return.

Pattaya recently opened an office in Qingdao following a visit there to discuss Nong Nooch Tropical Garden’s participating in the 2014 World Plant exhibition.  Delegation leader Yuan Zhongxue, director of State Research Center for Tire Processing, said this reciprocal visit was intended to further strengthen the ties between the two cities.

Itthiphol presented the delegation with the key to the city.

Engineers from Qingdao are expected to arrive in Thailand next year to help lead the renovation of Wat Arun Raj Wararam, the “Temple of Light” in Bangkok. The temple’s last overhaul was in 1789.

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