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Thai-U.S. Cooperation to Preserve Wat Chaiwatthanaram in Ayuthaya

Grant Award Ceremony

Wat Chaiwatthnaram

Friday, January 11, 2013, 3:00 p.m.

Notice to Editors:

In collaboration with the Royal Thai Government, the U.S. Government will be contributing funds from the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) to the World Monument Fund (WMF) to help preserve the 17th-century Wat Chaiwatthanaram in Ayuthaya, which suffered from severe flooding in 2011.

Culture Minister Sonthaya Khunpluem (or his representative) and U.S. Ambassador Kristie A. Kenney will preside over an award ceremony at Wat Chaiwatthanaram on Friday, January 11, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.  All media members are welcome.  Interpretation from English into Thai will be provided.  The U.S. Embassy will also provide transportation for the press from Bangkok to Ayuthaya and back.  Vehicles will leave GPF Building on Wittayu Road at 1:00 p.m. on the day of the event.

The award from AFCP will allow a collaborative project between WMF and the Thai Department of Fine Arts to enhance research, documentation, and analysis of the conditions at Wat Chaiwatthanaram.  The goal of the initial phase of work will be a thorough physical analysis of the temple, including geo-technical surveys, physical examination of the state of deterioration, and scientific investigation of each material.

The latest scientific technology, including laser scanning and digital documentation will be on display during the event.  Ambassador Kenney and WMF scientists will also be available for press interviews.

Since seats in the Embassy’s vehicles are limited, reservation is needed for interested press members.  To book a seat, please contact Channarish Boonpharod at 02-205-4468 or or contact Subhabhong Rarueysong at 02-205-4388 or  Reservation should be made by 3:00 p.m. of Thursday, January 10, 2013.

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