Si Thep Historical Park battles overcrowding after UNESCO world heritage itemizing

A vital inflow of holiday makers to Si Thep Historical Park in Phetchabun sparked issues among officers, following its inclusion within the UNESCO World Heritage Site list on September 19. The province was ill-prepared for the escalated tourist numbers, leading to requires quick motion to guard the park and manage the crowds.
Chatchaval Benchasiriwong, the 54 12 months outdated deputy governor of Phetchabun, acknowledged on Sunday that the province had didn’t implement essential measures to handle the park after it was initially added to UNESCO’s tentative record in 2019. He revealed that the variety of every day guests had skyrocketed from 300 to approximately 7,000.
We want an pressing resolution to protect Si Thep Historical Park from injury amid vacationer overcrowding, Chatchaval mentioned. He expressed regret on the missed alternative to organize the positioning for tourism over the past four years.
“We had time to organize the location for tourism for 4 years, but why did we do nothing?”

The tourist growth has led to complaints about inadequate amenities like parking spaces, meals, nearby accommodation, and bogs, in accordance with Chatchaval. In response, the governor instructed him to arrange cellular bathrooms and the provincial executive committees have convened to debate possible solutions.
A assembly between the governor, executives, and senior officials of the Ministry of Culture, which oversees the park, is anticipated in the near future to chart a course of action.
Ancient cultural websites

Si Thep Historical Park, spread over an space of 867 hectares inside the Si Thep district, homes three cultural sites: the ancient Town of Si Thep, Khao Klang Nok, and Khao Thamorrat Cave. These historic monuments date back to the Dvaravati interval, a kingdom that held sway from the sixth to the 11th century. The Fine Arts Department (FAD) undertook the first excavation of the location in 1978.
The park’s popularity triggered a surge of about 30,000 visitors to Khao Klang Nok, an historic wreck spanning sixty four metres in length and 20m in height, over the previous weekend, Chatchaval disclosed. To deal with security concerns, the FAD has quickly closed off the ancient monument, permitting guests to take photographs only from its base.
During his go to to Si Thep Historical Park on Friday, Culture Minister Sermsak Pongpanich expressed concerns over tourist safety and potential injury to the historic web site. Greatest instructed the FAD to collaborate with Phetchabun and native authorities for better web site administration, Bangkok Post reported..

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