UNESCO awards ´Sam Chuk Market´ of Thailand a prize for cultural heritage place

Sam Chuk Market by Kanok / panoramio.com

Sam Chuk Market by Kanok / panoramio.com

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) of Thailand awards ‘Sam Chuk Market’ of Suphan Buri province in central Thailand a prize for cultural heritage place.

The UNESCO has announced the competition result of the cultural heritage conservation project 2009 covering Asia and Pacific region. There were 48 places from 14 countries in the region in the competition such as hotels, office buildings, cultural places, academic institutes, religious places, public places, residence buildings and cities.

The best prize belonged to Sangiin Dalai Monastery, Gobi Aimag, Mongolia.

Three excellent prizes were awarded to M24 Midget Submarine Wreck, Sydney, Australia; Ali Gohar House, Pakistan; and Hanok Regeneration, Bukchon, South Korea.

While four good prizes belonged to Sam Chuk Community and 100-year Market in Suphan Buri, Thailand; Huai Hai Lu 796, Shanghai, China; YMCA Student Branch, Mumbai, India; and Waterworks Building, Oakland, New Zealand.

Four honorable prizes were given to the Academy of Visual Arts (Former Royal Air Force Officers’ Mess) at the Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China; Heritage Buildings in Cicheng Historic Town, Zhejiang, China; YWCA Lady Willingdon Hotel, Mumbai, India; Tang Family Chapel, Hoi An, Vietnam.

While the special prize named Jury Commendation for Innovation 2009 belonged to Maosi Ecological Demonstration Primary School, Gansu, China.

The places, which are qualified to participate the competition, must be older than 50 years and must be repaired in the past 10 years, besides they must be able to be used at least one years after the competition. UNESCO expects that more historical places will be repaired and exist longer.