Chiang Mai University and Chiang Mai province hosted the Lanna Historic City Forum and welcomed experts from many countries including the United Kingdom, China, India, the United States and Myanmar.
The opening ceremony was chaired by Weera Rojpojanarath, Minister of Culture at University Hostel Services Centre, Chiang Mai University and Chiang Mai Governor Pawin Chamniprasart delivered the welcome speech.
Attendees visited important historical sites in Chiang Mai including Wiang Khum Kam, Wat Suan Dok, Wat Prathat Doi Suthet, Wat Jed Yod, Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Phra Singh and the moat and walls around the city.
The forum covered environmental settings with Prof. Dong Wei School of Architecture, Southeast University, Prof. Dilip K. Medhi, Department of Archaeology at Guwahati University Guwahati, Assam, India, and Prof. Suparp Tajai Lampang, Rajabhat University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences speaking. The forum also had experts discussing Archaeological and Historical Precedents headed by Dr. Ruthjaya Apakorn, Director of SEAMEO SPAFA Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts of SEAMEO-SPAFA. They also discussed Ideological Belief & Intangible Expressions with experts and Ajarn Withi Panitchphan, Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University as moderator. They covered Architectural Components with international experts and Asst. Prof. Dr. Chanarong Srisuwan, Dean of Faculty of Architecture, Chiang Mai University as moderator. They finished the forum by covering the important topic “Safeguarding and Conservation Management of Lanna Authenticity” with Khun Sawittri Suwansatid, Advisor to the Minister of Culture and Former Secretary General of Thai National Commission for UNESCO as moderator.