Bangkok to become World Book Capital

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BANGKOK, April 22 – The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is speeding projects to promote reading among the the people of the Thai capital, as the metropolis is to be officially designated World Book Capital, according to Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra.

The biggest project is the capital library museum which will be located at the present City Hall.

Mr Sukhumbhand said a design for the museum is underway, while the new City Hall will be located in Din Daeng area.

Other projects are a cartoon museum at the office of the Metropolitan Water Works Authority and opening of more libraries for city residents. Existing libraries will also be renovated.

He said during an international seminar on “The Future of Reading, Reading for the Future” on Sunday that the BMA has worked closely with many book-related organisations including the International Federation of Library Associations to promote reading among Bangkok’s people.

The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is designating Bangkok as the World Book Capital for 2013.