Ayutthaya could be removed from the World Heritage Site list by UNESCO

Ayutthaya World Heritage site

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The World Heritage Committee expressed concerns for Ayutthaya, a Thai registered world heritage site, which could be removed from the UNESCO list.

The Deputy Permanent Secretary for Culture and a World Heritage Committee member, Ms Somsuda Leeyawanit said the deterioration and heavy encroachment in the area of Ayutthaya World Heritage site were against the criteria of UNESCO and might cause Ayutthaya to be removed from the World Heritage list.

She said the recent meeting of the National Economic and Social Advisory Council reviewed the five registered world heritage in Thailand, namely Ayutthaya, Sukothai, Sri Satchanalai, Kampaengphet, and Ban Chieng archeological site. All places were not of concern, except Ayutthaya. Related agencies would gather information at every site within this December and report to the government for the right solution accordingly.

Ms Somsuda referred to the case of a world heritage site of Dresden, Germany, which was removed from the UNESCO list last year. An improper development of Ayutthaya might pose a risk similar to the mentioned case of Dresden. Related agencies such as the Fine Arts Department, the Tambon Administration and the local community were supposed to solve the problems. (NNT)

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