UNESCO Bangkok announces online seminar ‘Three Decades of Ayutthaya World Heritage: Values, Challenges and Impacts’, 21–22 December 2021

UNESCO Bangkok announces online seminar ‘Three Decades of Ayutthaya World Heritage: Values, Challenges and Impacts’, 21–22 December 2021

The Historic City of Ayutthaya was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1991 as one of Thailand’s first World Heritage properties. This seminar, ‘Three Decades of Ayutthaya World Heritage: Values, Challenges and Impacts’, will look back at 30 years of World Heritage inscription, consider the distinct challenges that the Ayutthaya site faces today and reflect on its future, including a host of potential approaches towards more holistic management of the historic city.

Background

Founded c. 1350, Ayutthaya became the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai. Once an important center of global diplomacy and commerce, Ayutthaya is now an archaeological ruin, characterized by the remains of tall prang (reliquary towers) and Buddhist monasteries of monumental proportions, which give an idea of the city’s past size and the splendor of its architecture. Well-known from contemporary sources and maps, Ayutthaya was laid out according to a systematic and rigid city planning grid, consisting of roads, canals, and moats around all the principal structures. The scheme took maximum advantage of the city’s position in the midst of three rivers and had a hydraulic system for water management which was technologically unique in the world. 

Seminar

In this special seminar devoted to historic Ayutthaya, leading experts and key government agencies will discuss the significance of greater Ayutthaya within the historic urban landscape, and the safeguarding of the storied site within an expanded footprint. 

‘Three Decades of Ayutthaya World Heritage: Values, Challenges and Impacts’ is jointly organized by UNESCO Bangkok; the Fine Arts Department, Thailand Ministry of Culture; and the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts under the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO-SPAFA).

Date: 21–22 December 2021

Time: 9:00 – 13:00 Bangkok time (GMT+7)

Language: Thai and English

Meeting venue: Online Zoom Webinar, free with advance registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qcz17MhVQNeh7H_4Yb6F5g

Provisional Agenda: English / Thai

Follow on Facebook Live in English: https://facebook.com/seameo.spafa/
Follow on Facebook Live in Thai: https://www.facebook.com/FineArtsDept/

 

For more information:

Montira Unakul (UNESCO Bangkok) mh.unakul@unesco.org
Hatthaya Siriphatthanakun (SEAMEO-SPAFA) hatthaya@seameo-spafa.org

 

Main photo credit: ©Ko Hon Chiu Vincent

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