Culture ministry to nominate a Southern Buddhist Shrine as a World Heritage site

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BANGKOK, 3 July 2012  – The Ministry of Culture is planning to submit a nomination proposal requesting UNESCO to consider including Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan in Nakhon Si Thammarat in its World Heritage List.

During today’s cabinet meeting, the National Committee on the Convention for the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage proposed that the Buddhist shrine be nominated for inscription on the World Heritage List. The cabinet agreed to approve the agency’s planned nomination.

The Ministry is currently making an inventory of the temple’s important natural and cultural heritage sites to be submitted to the UNESCO’s World Heritage center for further consideration.

Culture Minister Sukumol Khunploem said the 700-year-old Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan is a masterpiece of human ingenuity befitting the selection criteria; it is directly associated with local beliefs and of outstanding architectural and historical value.