EU-Thailand heritage highlighted

Inside the French ambassador's residence in Bangkok. (Photo courtesy of Delegation of the European Union)

The history and shared cultural heritage reminiscing on cultural legacy of the EU-Thailand relations are recorded in a VDO series called "EU Urban Heritage", which is now available for viewing on the Facebook page of the Delegation of the European Union (EU) in Thailand.

A collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority; the embassies of Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Portugal; as well as prominent academics, archaeologists, and architects, the series highlights the long-standing relationship between Thailand and Europe as well as the importance of cultural heritage for sustainable urban development in the modern world.

It comprises four videos that narrate the history of selected cultural heritage sites including historic buildings in Thailand that EU member states have preserved in Bangkok since the 19th century when European embassies and consulates were constructed on the banks of the Chao Phraya River in Bang Rak district, which was then considered the "Gateway to Bangkok".

The stories and memories of the European-Thai cultural legacy are presented in four themes -- "Heritage Embassies", "Heritage Residences", "Religious Heritage" and "Renovated European Architecture".

Viewers can also take a virtual tour around other architectural marvels that embrace artistic elements from different cultures, illustrating the openness and diversity that has long existed in Thai society.

The series aims to raise public awareness of the underlying potential of cultural heritage for sustainable urban development and to encourage everyone to contribute to its preservation.


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