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Thailand’s Creative Cities Earn UNESCO Recognition for Gastronomy, Crafts, Folk Arts, and Design

Thailand has garnered global acclaim as five of its cities have been designated as Creative Cities by UNESCO in different categories, including gastronomy, crafts, folk arts, and design. The announcement, made by Government Spokesperson Anucha Burapachaisri, celebrates the diverse creative talents and rich cultural heritage found in these cities.

Phuket, recognized as the first UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy in 2015, stands out for its local food industry, which generates an impressive annual revenue of around US$3.6 billion. The province’s traditional food varieties deeply rooted in local culture, passed down through generations, played a significant role in its UNESCO recognition.

Chiang Mai, renowned for its exceptional craftsmanship and folk arts, earned the UNESCO Creative City title in 2017. The province has long been celebrated for its expertise in wood crafts, ceramics, niello, and silver wares.

Bangkok, known for its vibrant fusion of old and modern designs, was awarded UNESCO Creative City status in the field of design in 2019. The city’s diverse population and evolving design landscape have contributed to this prestigious recognition.

Sukhothai, much like Chiang Mai, received the honor of being a UNESCO Creative City of Crafts and Folk Arts. The province boasts a thriving community of over 1,300 artisans involved in various community-based industries such as textile weaving, ceramic ware production, and the crafting of gold, silver, and Sangkhalok ceramics.

Phetchaburi, celebrated for its ecological diversity and traditional community recipes, was designated a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy. This recognition shines a spotlight on the region’s rich culinary traditions and its commitment to preserving cultural and natural heritage through traditional community recipes.

Thailand’s Creative Cities showcase the country’s extraordinary creativity, cultural richness, and commitment to preserving and promoting its diverse artistic and culinary traditions. These accolades contribute to Thailand’s global reputation as a hub of creativity and innovation.

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