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    Apirak wants Unesco to list Rattanakosin

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    Apirak wants Unesco to list Rattanakosin

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    Bangkok Governor Apirak Kosayodhin plans to push for the listing of the old Rattanakosin area in Bangkok as a World Heritage Site, like the old city of Luang Prabang in Laos.

    Mr Apirak said he was confident he could persuade the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, or Unesco, to declare the Rattanakosin area in Phra Nakhon district, an inner precinct of Bangkok, as a World Heritage Site.

    ''In the Rattanakosin area, we have the Grand Palace and temples with long histories. What we will do is renovate buildings and houses in this area to bring them into harmony with the old structures and revive the culture and traditional way of living of Bangkok residents,'' he said.

    ''For instance, there will be a morning market in that community, or regular alms-giving. With these things, the area will have sufficient potential to become a World Heritage Site.''

    Deputy city clerk Anant Siripasaraporn said tourist revenue would increase if the area was listed as a World Heritage Site. World Heritage sites draw many foreign tourists.

    ''The important thing is to encourage residents to conserve their culture. Income from tourists should be generated among them, not fall into the hands of merchants or businessmen.''

    Mr Apirak came up with the World Heritage idea after taking executives of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) to visit Laos from June 11-13.

    Khampheng Saysompheng, vice-governor of Luang Prabang province and president of the local heritage committee, said Luang Prabang had been proposed to Unesco since 1987. The province was declared a World Heritage Site in 1995.

    Normally, old towns with historical values such as Cambodia's Angkor Wat would not take as long to be listed as World Heritage sites, he said.

    For Luang Prabang, Unesco had to consider the town's traditional way of living which was culturally significant and worthy of protection.

    ''Unesco wants to evaluate how long we can preserve our traditional way of living,'' he said.

    Now Luang Prabang makes US$80 million a year from tourism. Ten years ago, only 60,000 tourists visited the town a year, but that has now increased to 300,000, he said. The number of tourists is expected to increase to 500,000 a year in the next 10 years.

    Mr Apirak said he would find ways to draw tourists to visit both Bangkok and Luang Prabang as a tour package.

    Bangkok Post

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    Thai culture bringing back the old ways

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    Bangkok governor seeks to revive traditions in Rattanakosin area

    Bangkok Governor Apirak Kosayodhin wants to restore traditional morning offerings of food to monks at Rattanakosin Island.
    He and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration want to preserve many traditions in the area. He was encouraged by a visit to Laos last week when he had the chance to offer food to monks at Luang Prabang, a World Heritage Site.
    He will ask island residents to maintain their traditional ways of life, including the morning market.
    The BMA is talking with the Fine Arts Department about the preservation of historic sites.

    Exchange with Laos
    Laos will exchange experiences in the preservation of historic sites, tourism, education, refuse management and investment at Luang Prabang.
    The BMA will promote tourism to Luang Prabang among visitors to Bangkok.
    Bangkok's performers will appear at the 450th anniversary celebration at Vientiane and a Bangkok-Vientiane friendship park will be built.
    The BMA will invite Laotian athletes to train in the capital ahead of the next SEA Games, hosted by Vientiane.

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