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Na Phra Lan Historic Shophouses in Bangkok, Thailand Received the Honourable Mention in 2011 UNESCO Heritage Awards

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05.01.2012

5 January 2012 - UNESCO recognized the outstanding restoration work of Na Phra Lan Historic Shophouses in Bangkok, Thailand with an award ceremony on Friday 23 December 2011at 5:00 p.m. at Laddawan Palace Building, Bangkok, Thailand.

Carried out by the Crown Property Bureau (CPB), Na Phra Lan Historic Shophouses project which integrated well historic building restoration and local community development received the Honourable Mention in the 2011 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation.

The jury praised the project as follows: “The refurbishment of the Na Phra Lan Historic Shophouses has uplifted a historically significant urban complex in the heart of the historic core of Bangkok.  Prominently located across from the Grand Palace, the project has restored not only this architectural landmark from the early 20th century, but also the surrounding historic streetscape as well.  By removing inappropriate modern additions, using high-quality materials in repairs and upgrading services to meet modern building codes, the project has recovered the original, historically-accurate aesthetic while accommodating continued contemporary use.  The project establishes a commendable model for participation by the long-term tenants, who contributed to the project costs and have committed to maintaining the buildings in the years to come.” 

Mr. Gwang-Jo Kim, Director of UNESCO Bangkok, presented the official plaque to Director and Director-General of the Crown Property Bureau Dr. Chirayu Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya. Dr. Chirayu delivered a speech on behalf of the CPB, he said: “the CPB come to firmly believe that an essential ingredient of successful conservation is the human side. We have to make a strong attempt to communicate our pride and appreciation of heritage buildings to the people especially in this case to the long-term tenants.  Inadequate considerations in this regard could definitely jeopardize the long-term success of the future maintenance of the conserved building.”

Certificates of recognition were as well presented to Mr. Bovornvate Rungruji, Deputy Director-General of the Fine Arts Department, and Mom Rajawong Premsiri Kasemsant, Director of the Department of City Planning, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration. Representatives from ICOMOS Thailand, the Siam Society, Siam Cement Group and TOA also attended the ceremony as guests of honour.

In 2011, a total of 34 entries from 10 countries in the region were submitted for consideration. In addition to Na Phra Lan Historic Shophouses, nine other projects were also awarded in 2011. The UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards recognize the efforts of private individuals and organizations that have successfully restored and conserved structures and buildings of heritage value in the region.

Entries are now being accepted for the 2012 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. The deadline for receipt of materials is 31 March 2012.

For more information, please see our press release and brochure.

Or visit our website: www.unescobkk.org/culture/heritageawards.