The principal chedi of Prayurawongsawas Worawihan Buddha temple (Wat) in Bangkok has been honoured with the Award of Excellence in the UNESCO 2013 Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation.

The award recognises the restoration work undertaken on the principal chedi and its attached area for the technical achievement and outstanding social impact.

The restoration of the temple’s principal chedi reflects technical understanding and creates awareness on the value of cultural heritage in surrounding communities. It also preserves one of the most iconic religious monuments in the capital of Thailand.

There are 47 projects from 16 countries across the Asia-Pacific region took part in the award this year, in which Thai renovation project in Wat Prayurawongsawas Worawihan won the first place, the Award of Excellence.

The second place went to three places, including the Great Serai in Afghanistan, Lal Chimney Compound in Mumbai and Khaplu Palace in Gilgit–Baltistan, Pakistan.

Nine cultural heritage projects in Thailand have won the awards, including the restoration of Wat Sa Thong in Khon Kaen, the Amphawa community in Samut Songkhram and an office of the Crown Property Bureau in Chachoengsao province.-VNA