Bangkok Governor hopes World Book Capital 2013 to help boost reading culture in Thailand

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BANGKOK, 22 April 2013  The Governor of Bangkok expressed hopes that the city’s being designated as the World Book Capital for 2013 will help solidify the culture of reading among Thai people. 

Bangkok Governor M.R. Sukhumbhand Paribatra said on Sunday chaired the official opening of the World Book Capital 2013 meeting at Centara Grand Hotel, as part of the UNESCO’s designation of the city as the World Book Capital.

M.R. Sukhumbhand said the meeting, held under the theme “The Future of Reading, Reading for the Future” and participated by representatives from 18 countries, marked the official start of the campaign to encourage more people to read.

He hopes that, with such an honor from UNESCO, Thailand’s reading culture will be more recognized, expanded and broadly adopted by the whole country.

In addition to the meeting, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has planned several activities to make this annual event more known among the public, including a cartoon museum and a city library.

Meanwhile, members of the public are invited to enjoy an exhibition on the World Book Capital 2013, which will be taking place at the Bangkok Art and Culture Center from April 21 to November 19, at Siam Paragon Shopping Mall during April 21-25 and at Central World Shopping Mall during April 20-22.