Thailand to Propose “Khao Wang” for World Heritage Status

The Ministry of Culture is taking steps to have Phra Nakhon Khiri National Historical Park, commonly known as Khao Wang, in Phetchaburi recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Culture Minister Sudawan Wangsuphakijkosol announced during a cabinet meeting that the Fine Arts Department is conducting a feasibility study for the inclusion of this 165-year-old site on UNESCO's tentative list. 

Constructed during King Rama IV's reign, the park serves as a royal summer retreat and features a blend of neoclassical and Chinese architectural styles.

Phra Nakhon Khiri, part of the trio of palaces that earned Phetchaburi the nickname “City of the Three Palaces,” includes a palace, a temple, and other structures. The Fine Arts Department believes that Khao Wang's rich history and cultural significance make it a strong candidate for World Heritage status. The site's appeal is evident in its annual visitor count of over 200,000, contributing to significant tourism revenues.

In addition to promoting Khao Wang, Minister Sudawan also affirmed the government's commitment to cultural preservation by visiting other cultural sites and ethnic communities in the region. She added that the administration recently approved a draft act dedicated to protecting the traditions and customs of these ethnic groups, marking the first legislation of its kind.


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