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Wat Prayun in Bangkok Receives UNESCO Cultural Heritage Conservation Award of Excellence

April 24, 2014 Destination Thailand No Comments Email Email

Wat Prayun Wongsawat Worawihan, known in short as Wat Prayun, in Bangkok has received UNESCO Cultural Heritage Conservation Award of Excellence.
UNESCO Bangkok will officially honor Wat Prayun in a special ceremony at the temple on 23 April 2014. In the ceremony, UNESCO Bangkok Director Dr Gwang-Jo Kim will present the award for the restoration of the temple’s principal chedi (reliquary stupa) to the visionary abbot who spearheaded the effort, the Most Venerable Professor Dr. Phra Brahmapundit.

The Most Venerable Somdet Phra Maha Ratchamangalacharn, Acting Supreme Patriarch, and Privy Councilor General Surayud Chulanont will deliver remarks on the award and the importance of heritage conservation during the ceremony, which will also be attended by senior officials from the Office of National Buddhism and the Fine Arts Department.

The restoration of the Phra Borommathat Maha Chedi and the attached hall, Pharin Pariyattithammasala, marked the first time Thailand has received top honors at the Heritage Awards.

UNESCO recognized the restoration effort for its technical mastery in marrying modern engineering with traditional techniques and for the exemplary cooperation shown between monks, specialists, and locals in ensuring the sacred complex’s place at the heart of life in the vibrant Kadeejeen community.

The ceremony will begin at 5:00 p.m., with the arrival of the Most Venerable Somdet Phra Maha Ratchamangalacharn, who will light ceremonial candles. Chanting will then take place, followed by a report by Phra Brahmapundit to Phra Maha Ratchamangalacharn on the restoration project.

A video detailing the restoration work will then be screened before Dr Kim presents the official award plaque to Phra Brahmapundit. Ten senior monks will provide a blessing before Phra Maha Ratchamangalacharn and General Surayut deliver their remarks.

The ceremony will conclude with a tour of the temple highlighting the restoration work. The tour wil be led by Phra Brahmapundit.

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