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Published on Oct 15, 2011
Phuket is hosting this year's international conference of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (or ICOMOS) Thailand 2011 on "Asian Urban Heritage" at the Phuket Merlin hotel in Phuket town. The conference started yesterday with keynote speaker Professor Dr Yukio Nishimura, Vice President of University of Toyko, also viewed as a key influencer in having Phuket Town's old streets like Soi Romanee and Thalang Road, Krabi Road and Debuk Road receive UNESCO World Heritage status. Dr Yukio was a Vice-President of ICOMOS, whose functions include evaluation of World Heritage sites. He worked as a consultant to UNESCO on the successful World Heritage application by Lijiang Old Town in Yunnan, China; the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet; George Town and Malacca, in Malaysia; and Lumbini, Nepal, the birthplace of the Buddha. The conference runs until Monday October 17 with 30 academic papers being presented over the first two days. On the third day on Monday there will be an Old Phuket Town excursion when the Old Phuket Town Foundation and residents of the old town will be showing their shop houses, including the Sino Portuguese buildings & lobbying people to support their World Heritage application. One of those lobbyists is Ajaan or Assistant Professor Pranee Sakulpipatana, President of Phuket Community Foundation, and VP of Peranakan Association. So after the first session and speech by Dr Yukio I spoke to both of them about his speech and Pranee's hopes for world heritage status: (about 5 mins) ........ Members of the public are welcome to attend the meeting on Sunday. See www.icomos.org for more information; and to help Pranee's Baba Peranakan Association start their museum at Old Standard Chartered Bank building contact her & see www.ThaiPeranakan.com ------------ Interview to be broadcast on Good Morning Andaman on Radio Thailand Phuket FM90.5 at 8.05-8.55am Sunday 16th October and www.bluewavefm.com ----- and maybe later on NBT TV Phuket Andaman News on Thursdays or Fridays at 8.30-9am