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 temple met three of 10 criteria to be considered a World Heritage site: a work based on creativity, lasting virtues expressing cultural or civilisational values and religiously related inheritance. Unesco required only one condition to be met for the listing as a World Heritage Site.
Thailand currently has five Unesco World Heritage Sites – Ban Chiang Archaeological Site, Dong PhayayenKhao Yai Forest Complex, the Historic City of Ayutthaya, the Historic Town of Sukhothai and ThungyaiHuai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuaries.