Message from the ICOMOS Thailand President
Welcome to Thailand
Dear ICOMOS colleagues,
On behalf of ICOMOS Thailand, I would like to express my heartfelt appreciation for your warm support to ICOMOS Thailand in hosting the Annual General Assembly 2022 from 25-31 October 2022 in Udon Thani, Thailand.
Udon Thani, one of the main provinces in northeast Thailand, is home to Ban Chiang, a world-known archaeological site which has been inscribed on the World Heritage List since 1992. Ban Chiang has been recognized and become world-famous for its red-on-buff ware, distinguished by the red paint designs and forms of the pottery created freehand without the use of pottery wheel. Furthermore, the province is culturally and naturally rich due to its geographical location and historical background. I would like to mention Phu Phra Bat , a sacred mountain where evidence of forest monastery tradition of Theravada Buddhism can be seen in an ingenious landscape adaptation by which the open space is surrounded by Sema stones to create a sacred area for Buddhist religious gathering, being the unique and pure form of Buddhist architecture that is simple, functional, and true to the Buddhist concept. Nowadays Udon Thani is seen as a multi-cultural city resulted from being one of the strategic areas during the cold war. The melting of Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese and Laotian cultures can be seen from its cuisines, religious places, and festivals throughout the year.
The first hybrid statutory meetings and General Assembly of ICOMOS will be held from 25-28 October 2022, followed by the Scientific Symposium on 29-30 October 2022 with various side events during the week. A-half-day site visit hosted by the Thai Fine Arts Department and local partners will be offered on 29-30 October 2022 as well as a full-day excursion on 31 December 2022. Please see detailed information of these activities in our website.
Regarding the significance of Udon Thani as a place of forest monastery tradition, the theme of a two-half-day Scientific Symposium: RELIGIOUS HERITAGE : Celebrating and Conserving Places of Religious and Ritual Significance in a Global World and in Changing Climates is proposed together with five sub-themes:1) Significance of Places of Religion and Ritual, 2) Influence of Climate Changes on Conservation Protection and Management of Religious Heritage, 3) Changing Use and Perception of Places of Religion and Ritual following the Covid 19 Pandemic, 4) Pilgrimage and 5) Reuse of Religious Heritage places.
This Annual General Assembly 2022, I believe, will be a wonderful opportunity for us to reunite and start our next norms after the pandemic in digital era. Please join us in Udon Thani, physically as well as virtually to make this event meaningful and unforgettable.