Southern Chedi to be nominated as a World Heritage site

July 4, 2012

The Ministry of Culture will submit a proposal requesting UNESCO to consider including Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan in Nakhon Si Thammarat in its World Heritage List. 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. The temple also houses the Phra Barommathat Chedi, the oldest bell-shaped pagoda in Thailand.

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