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Post-Flood Recovery at the Historic City of Ayutthaya World Heritage Site, Thailand

The Historic City of Ayutthaya, inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1991, was subjected to massive flooding in the fall of 2011, as part of the worst flooding that Thailand has seen in decades which affected 26 provinces in total.

Since the flood had reached the historic area of Phra Nakorn Si Ayutthaya province, UNESCO Bangkok has liaised closely with the Ministry of Culture’s Fine Arts Department in coordinating assistance for the site, including mobilization of national and international expertise.  

UNESCO Bangkok supported the missions of international experts from the UNESCO-IHE Institute of Water Education on water management and from Italy on mural and architectural restoration.   In an outpouring of international concern, other experts were sent by the Governments of Japan, Germany, Portugal and the USA. The expert assessments and recommendations will be used to strategically inform the Government’s post-disaster recovery and long-term management measures. 

Flooding in Ayutthaya 2011

3-D Tour of Ayutthaya - Before the Flood

Mahidol University's Student Project