Thai-Lao cooperation to push Chiangsaen-Suwan Khom Kham as a joint Word Heritage Site

Wat Prathat Phu Kao - Chiangsaen - Golden triangle - North Thailand / Photo: flickr.com by Antoine - Bkk

Wat Prathat Phu Kao - Chiangsaen - Golden triangle - North Thailand / Photo: flickr.com by Antoine - Bkk

Thailand and Laos are joining forces to push Chiangsaen – Suwan Khom Kham as a world heritage site and preparing for cultural cooperation to strengthen relations between the two counties.

Mr. Teera Slakphetch, Minister of Culture revealed outcome of the meeting on cultural cooperation with Mr. Munkaew Orlamun , Minister of Publication and Culture of Lao PDR during his official visit to Laos on 15-17 October 2009.

Thailand and Laos agreed on the directions of cultural cooperation in 3 major aspects, namely to carry on the cooperation of cultural knowledge in all aspects, to drive Chiangsaen in Thailand and Suwan Khom Kham in Laos as a joint World Heritage Site and to elevate the ritual called Sueb Chata Maenamkong, a ceremony for longevity held along the Mekong as the national ceremony of both countries. Both countries agreed to such cooperation and would make it as a national policy afterward.

Mr. Munkaew Orlamun said the Ministry of Publication and Culture of Lao PDR was ready to push the issues especially to promote Chiangsaen and Suwan Khom Kham as a joint World Heritage Site.

Chiang Saen is an ancient district in Chiang Rai Province, Thailand’s Northernmost city, established as a royal city by King Mengrai of Lanna Kingdom as a precursor of Chiang Mai. it was originally called Wiang Hiran Nakhon Ngoen Yang and served as the capital before King Mengrai established Chiang Rai in 1262.

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