Nakhon Si Thammarat temple complex to be listed as a World Heritage Site

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Unesco's World Heritage Committee on Friday agreed to a Thai proposal to list as a World Heritage Site Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan in Nakhon Si Thammarat province.

The 21-member committee, which is meeting in Phnom Penh for its 37th session, voted unanimously for the temple to be a World Heritage site.
The Buddhist temple complex in Nakhon Si Thammarat dates back to 311 (BE 854). According to records, a chapel and pagoda were built in 311 to hold the Buddha's relics. The main pagoda was built in 550, during the time of the Srivijaya empire. The temple and many buildings were registered as historic sites in 1936.
The Nation

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