Wat Traimit Wittayaram and surrounding residential zone form first ASEAN Community in Thailand


BANGKOK, 7 June 2012  – Maha Wiranuwat School in Traimit Wittayaram Monastery has opened an ASEAN studies classroom, making it an integral part of the first ASEAN Community in Thailand. 

An opening ceremony of the ASEAN studies classroom was launched on Wednesday. The classroom was set up to give knowledge on ASEAN for students to prepare for the upcoming ASEAN Community, which is targeted to be established in 2015.

Venerable Phra Dhamma Bhaovana Vikrom, abbot of Wat Traimit Wittaya said at the opening ceremony that the temple, the school and the community of the Yaowarat area have cooperated in improving the community’s landscape to the concept of ASEAN. Street signs will be put up in four languages: Thai, Chinese, English, and Burmese. The ASEAN studies classroom will also provide Burmese language courses to small entrepreneurs and youths in the community in preparation for the ASEAN integration.

ASEAN Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan, who was also present at the ceremony, said this pilot project is launched at Traimit Wittayaram because the community is actively prepared for changes in the world. He praised the project as a great step for Thais.