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Phetchabun locals angry at tourism body for neglecting ancient temples in advertisement


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By Natcha Patanasophon


Locals in Petchabun are growing increasingly angry with a government body over its alleged neglect of the province’s cultural heritage.


The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), a governmental organization, launched an infographic advertisement to promote Phetchabun’s tourist attractions on Monday. But local residents were enraged that Si Thep Historical Park wasn’t promoted in the ad.


Si Thep Historical Park is home to ruins and architecture believed that are at least 1,700 years old.


Full story: https://www.thaienquirer.com/35819/phetchabun-locals-angry-at-tourism-body-for-neglecting-ancient-temples-in-advertisement/


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10 hours ago, webfact said:

Si Thep Historical Park is home to ruins and architecture believed that are at least 1,700 years old.

Interesting, very interesting, then we are back to at least 321 AD.


However Wikipedia talks about 7th century and the stupa in the article's photo as "Khao Khlang Nok, was an ancient Dvaravati-style stupa in Si Thep, dated back around 8th-9th century"...🤔


Wikipedia also states that "the ancient city of Si Thep was built in the Dvaravati era. Prince Damrong found the area of the old city in 1905 when he visited Monthon Phetchabun. It is now Si Thep Historical Park."

(Source link HERE.)


About the Dvaravati era...


The Dvaravati (Thai: ทวารวดี About this soundlisten (help·info); Khmer: ទ្វារវត្តី) was an ancient Mon kingdom from the 7th century to the 11th century that was located in the region now known as central Thailand. It was described by the Chinese pilgrim Hsuan-tsang in the middle of the 7th century as a Buddhist kingdom named "To-lo-po-ti" situated to the west of Isanapura (Cambodia) and to the east of Sri Ksetra (Burma).[1]: 76 [2]: 37  Dvaravati also refers to a culture, an art style, and a disparate conglomeration of principalities of Mon people. Archaeological research over the past two decades or so has revealed the presence of a "Proto-Dvaravati" period which spans the 4th to 5th centuries, and perhaps earlier.[3]

(Source link HERE.)

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